Claremont Men's Shed to have permanent home
18 December 2017
Joint release with:
Senator for Tasmania
The Claremont Men's Shed will relocate from its temporary premises—a former service station—to a permanent home thanks to $190,000 in Australian Government funding announced today.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said he was pleased the Australian Government could help the Claremont community build a permanent facility for its Men's Shed.
“Men's sheds are much-loved in their local communities, giving men a supportive social environment where they can get together, talk together and learn new skills together,” Mr Chester said.
“They foster a real sense of community for men, boosting their health, wellbeing and social connections, and are another important way for the Australian Government to help regional communities such as Claremont invest in themselves.”
Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz said Men's sheds provide a space for local men to connect, share skills and participate in projects that give back to the community.
“The Claremont Men's Shed is a community-led initiative and the brainchild of Claremont locals Martin Watkins and Brian Johnson in partnership with many local supporters,” Senator Abetz said.
“This major investment to ensure that the Claremont Men's Shed has a permanent home once again demonstrates the Federal Government's willingness to work in partnership with the local community.
“Knowing they will have a permanent building to call their own will help increase the membership and therefore the productivity and the health of the members.”
The temporary premises have been in use since the Men's Shed was opened in May 2017.
For more information on the Australian Government investment in regional Australia visit: regional.gov.au/regional/programs/.