In a significant milestone for men’s sheds in Victoria, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced funding for the Romsey Men’s shed – the 100th men’s shed to receive funding support from the Andrews Labor Government.

The announcement means that men in Romsey will soon have a place they can get together, share skills and take on projects that benefit the local community.

Men’s Sheds promote health and wellbeing and enhance community engagement and are used by men from a range of different backgrounds and age groups.

The Labor Government will provide $60,000 to the Romsey Men’s Shed group to build a new shed.

Men’s Sheds are one of Australia’s largest community development organisations, which operate to improve the health and wellbeing of participants by increasing social inclusion.

Victoria has the highest number of sheds in the country, with more than 350 across the state.

Through the 2015-16 Men’s Shed funding round, the Andrews Labor Government provided $60,000 to help fund the construction of a new shed in Kyneton, before funding $60,000 to help deliver the first-ever Men’s Shed for Trentham as part of the 2018-19 round of Men’s Sheds grants.

Funds from the Labor Government’s Community Support Fund support a range of programs, which in turn support a wide variety of projects in the community.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas

“This Men’s Shed will be a wonderful asset for the Romsey community. It will engage men from across the region so they have the chance to come together, share their skills and catch up with mates.”

“Having somewhere to go and spend time with other men makes a huge difference to men’s health and wellbeing.”

“Congratulations to the Romsey community for getting behind this project. They can now start work on building a Men’s Shed for Romsey thanks to this grant.”