Pat Conaghan MP

Kempsey Macleay Men’s shed powers on

The Kempsey Macleay Men’s Shed group is one step closer to achieving its aim of moving sheds thanks to an Australian Government grant worth almost $7,500.

Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said Round 20 of the National Shed Development Programme had been awarded this week by Minister for Health Greg Hunt and four local Men’s Sheds would receive a share of almost $25,000.

“Sheds offer men and their communities a critical avenue for social support and engagement,” he said.

“I visited the Kempsey Macleay Men’s Shed on Thursday and it is growing in numbers, offers Ladies’ Day on Tuesdays and the group has great plans to expand in a new shed at the Golf Course.

“This group is typical of all the Men’s Sheds across the electorate, where they are going from strength to strength and are helping the whole community.”

Minister for Health Greg Hunt said Round 20 of the National shed Development Programme will provide:

  • Bellingen Men’s shed $7,500 for a dust and wood chip extraction system and tools
  • Kempsey Macleay Men’s Shed $7,480 for the electricity supply and set-up
  • Stuarts Point Men’s Shed $7,000 for an outdoor slab from which to build a new multi-purpose space
  • Werin Guriguba-Ngurra Men’s Shed $2,308.30 for workplace health and safety equipment and tools.

Regional Health Minister Mark Coulton said Men’s Sheds are particularly important in regional areas.

“In many parts of the bush, local Men’s Sheds are fast becoming one of the most important organisations, one where members make connections and serve their community,” he said.

“A total of 121 Men’s Sheds are receiving funding under this round.”

Kempsey Macleay Men’s Shed Committee Member Bill Holden said the $7,480 their club received would set up the electrical supply at the club’s new shed on the Kempsey Golf Club’s grounds.

“We’re still a few months away from moving into the new shed and we are in the process of organising the electricity, amenities and other services,” Mr Holden said.

“It will be great when the new shed is up and running because it will be far more viable for the group into the future and it will let us set all our machinery up again from scratch.”

Mental health statistics show one in eight men will experience depression in their lives and one in five men will experience anxiety.

Men’s Sheds help men find social support and help them get involved in meaningful community projects and shared conversations.

Media Contact:
Mr Conaghan – Liz Spry 0418 928 744