New CLP funding grant for Darwin’s Men’s Shed

The Coalition Government is providing funding for Darwin’s Men’s Shed for a 3D printing/recycling system.

Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the $2500 funding will go towards a 3D printing/recycling system to turn plastic waste into products.

Senator Scullion recently visited the Darwin’s med shed to check out their 3D printers and a few of the items members had made.

“The $2500 grant will mean a lot to the Darwin Men’s Shed members and the broader community and I congratulate them on their success.

“The Darwin Men’s Shed helps men, particularly as they got older, to connect with each other and prevent social isolation and preventable health conditions,” Senator Scullion said.

Darwin Men’s Shed president Peter Hendry said the 3D printing/recycling system was a great opportunity for the Darwin Men’s Shed to add another component to our 3D project and work with other community organisations including schools to reduce waste going to landfill by recycling plastic milk bottles and turning them into a product which can be used in the 3D printers.

“It is always fantastic to see reward for the effort of our members in developing additional activities that can be undertaken at the shed to attract new members and help to build on the skills of the current membership,” Mr Hendry said.

Senator Scullion said Men’s Sheds offer a friendly, welcoming environment where men can connect with each other without pressure and work on projects or just hang out.

The Coalition Government is providing funding to 90 Men’s Sheds across the country under round 16 of the National Shed Development Programme to support the mental health and overall wellbeing of Australian men.

“This funding round helps Men’s Sheds buy tools, maintain sheds and host community activities focused on men’s health issues,” Senator Scullion said.

This funding is part of the total $5.1 million that the Coalition Government is providing to the Australian Men’s Shed Association to support Men’s Sheds over the three years to June 2019.

All sheds that meet the definition of a men’s shed are eligible to apply for funding under the National Shed Development Programme.

There are three categories of grants – for purchase of tools and equipment, community projects and training; for building maintenance and development; and for health improvement activities.

Details of all the new grants can be found at www.mensshed.org