David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

An early Christmas gift for Crows Nest Men’s Shed

December 13, 2021

Member for Maranoa David Littleproud welcomed news that Christmas is coming early for three Men’s Sheds in the region with Barcaldine, Crow’s Nest and Winton sharing in funding of $13,675.

The Crows Nest District Men’s Shed will receive $918 under Round 22 of the National Shed Development Programme (NSDP) for two dust extraction air filters.

Mr Littleproud praised the 1,000+ strong Men’s Sheds program, which plays a vital role in preventing social isolation and mental ill health.

“They offer thousands of men of all ages a safe and friendly environment where they can work on meaningful projects while building strong social connections,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Since 2013, the Coalition Government has provided more than $6.4 million to support Men’s Sheds.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government prioritised applications for IT equipment and training, which helped to maintain friendships and connection to shed projects and reduced social isolation.

“Many Sheds were forced to close their doors this year due to the pandemic, however that didn’t stop the shed community from staying connected,” he said.

“Our Government will continue to support regional and rural Men’s Sheds as part of our comprehensive approach to improving the health of Australian men.”

A Men’s Shed can range from purpose-built facilities, multipurpose buildings, or shared spaces that are used regularly to foster positive community spirit among men.

Shed groups can apply for grants up to a total of $10,000 across three categories – health and wellbeing events, shed improvements, and tools and equipment, with priority given to sheds in disadvantaged areas.

Applications for Round 23 of the NSDP will open in mid-January 2022.