Whitehorse Men's Shed galloping ahead with new upgrade

Media Release

JM079/2018

16 April 2018

Joint release with:

Michael Sukkar

Federal Member for Deakin

  • Upgrade complete of Whitehorse Men's Shed in Nunawading, Melbourne
  • Facilities include a new shed and the installation of new saw and sanding tools
  • The Australian Government invested $20,000 in the project.

A substantial upgrade to the Whitehorse Men's Shed in Nunawading, Melbourne, will provide a safer working environment for its 50 regular users and will help attract greater membership to the community facility.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the Men's Shed provides a vital role in supporting and improving suburban and regional communities.

“Improving these facilities will not only allow the Men's Shed to create more specialised and quality workmanship in areas such as woodworking, but safeguard its future through new members,” Dr McVeigh said.

“It is a great support hub within the community and provides active assistance to a variety of other institutions, such as the disability service provider Nadrasca.”

Federal Member for Deakin Michael Sukkar, who attended today's opening event, said the upgrade included the purchase of a cabinet saw, orbital sander and a filtered dust extraction system.

“This project has greatly increased the size of the shed itself too, erecting a four-by-three metre shed as well as a six-by-three metre annex which will complement the existing machinery shed, workshop space and garden area,” Mr Sukkar said.

“We have also increased the storage space and improved and increased the covered area working space, giving the men more room to get busy.”

The Coalition Government invested $20,000 in the project with the Rotary Club of Nunawading contributing the remaining $634.