Wednesday 10 August 2011
Local blokes can get involved in community projects and share knowledge at the new Milpara Men’s Shed officially opened today by Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan.
Instead of cutting a ribbon to celebrate the shed’s opening, Mr Ryan sawed through a small piece of wood nailed across the entrance of the new shed, which is located in the Old Joinery Building in the Coal Creek Community Park and Museum at Korumburra.
“This is a novel opening for a facility which will provide local men with an important link to the community,” Mr Ryan said.
“It’s a haven and a refuge where what I like to call ‘secret men’s business’ can still be conducted between blokes who gather there,” Mr Ryan said.
“It also provides a space in which men can share knowledge, learn new skills and develop networks.”
Mr Ryan said the new shed would also have practical benefits for the wider community through participants’ work contributing to important community projects.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is proud to support Men’s Sheds right across the state and we understand the positive benefits that these facilities have, not only for the men who use them, but for the community as a whole,” Mr Ryan said.
“Men’s Sheds support men through providing important contact with others in the community at times when they might otherwise feel quite isolated.”
Mr Ryan said the Victorian Government had contributed $27,111 to the development of the Milpara Men’s Shed, with the remainder of the funding for the $42,000 project being raised locally.
“I applaud the efforts of the extensive network of government and non-government organisations in getting this project up and running,” Mr Ryan said.
Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government had committed $4 million over four years towards the Men’s Shed Program in the 2011-12 budget, in order to extend it until 2015.
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