August 5, 2015  |  Members Statements

Buninyong electorate men’s sheds

Mr HOWARD (Buninyong) — This morning I want to talk about the great things happening in men’s sheds across my electorate. Men’s sheds can be very beneficial in bringing men together, and I have seen how they can reduce social isolation for many men by engaging them in activities of interest that involve them in their community. I am also very pleased that the former Bracks government recognised this and established a grants program to support the establishment of new men’s sheds. I am pleased that the financial support was continued under the former government and again under the Andrews Labor government.

I was pleased to officially open the new Buninyong Men’s Shed on 13 June. This group has 35 members, some with great skills which they are able to share with other group members. In addition to receiving government funding, this men’s shed received funding from the Buninyong & District Community Bank along with support from a range of local businesses and individuals.

I have been pleased to work with the Sebastapol Men’s Shed group and the Dereel Men’s Shed group that have been recently established, both gaining support from Ballarat Community Health. I have recently met with a group of Linton residents who are also working to establish a men’s shed in Linton. I wish these and other men’s shed groups in my electorate a very positive future and congratulate all involved in the support of these very important groups.