Airds Bradbury Men’s Shed will use its latest government grant for the purchase of soil, plants, shade cloth, sleepers, a concrete pad, a garden mulcher and CCTV 8-channel recording with eight cameras.
The Shed successfully applied for a grant of $3,775 from the Turnbull Government under the government’s National Shed Development Program.
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne has congratulated the Men’s Shed on its successful application for the grant.
“Like similar sheds across Australia, the Airds Bradbury Men’s Shed offers great benefits to any local men who need a bit of space and some friendly, easy-going company,” Senator Payne said.
“The Turnbull Government recognises these benefits and is providing a total of $5.1 million over three years to the national Men’s Shed movement.
“Men are talking about their health more and more, and the men’s shed provides a safe and friendly environment for them to do so.
In 2016, the rate of suicide among Australian males was more than three times that of females.
Heath Minister Greg Hunt said although mental illness affects both men and women, men are less likely to seek help or talk about their feelings.
“Feeling part of a social group is important to our emotional and mental health and every day Men’s Sheds around the country provide men with an opportunity for companionship,” Mr Hunt said.