Men's Shed now open in Dereel

Media Release

FN054/2016

05 September 2016

Joint release with:

Sarah Henderson

Federal Member for Corangamite

Geoff Howard

Member for Buninyong

Des Phelan

Mayor of Golden Plains Shire Council

The Australian Government has opened a new ‘Men’s Shed' in Dereel, south of Ballarat, to create a community space where people can build new skills and make friends.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Australian Government invested $40,000 in the Dereel Men's Shed, which is open to both men and women. 

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to and projects like this Men's Shed make regional Australia a better place to live for everybody.

“Dereel locals will learn new skills, share their stories and make friends. Having friends and a place to go can also help build resilience in people and in their communities."

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson, who was on site in Dereel for the opening today, said that facilities such as the Men's Shed play a vital role in keeping communities connected.

“This region hosts many small towns and widely dispersed communities, so providing a location that will help bring people together is a great outcome for residents,”

Ms Henderson said.

“This project also created 17 jobs during the construction process. Between the laying of concrete, connecting to the local electricity network, and plumbing works for this 180m2 shed, it has drawn on the skills of residents and helped reduce unemployment.”

Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard today joined members of the Dereel community for the official opening and said the Shed will cater for all members of the community.

“The Shed will also provide disability access through the provision of suitable toilet facilities, continuing our commitment to cater for people from all walks of life. By providing a facility such as this, we will help improve equality and social outcomes in the community,” Mr Howard said.

Mayor of Golden Plains Shire Council Des Phelan said he was pleased to see the Australian Government investing in the region.

“Projects such as this and the Water Infrastructure in Golden Plains Food Production and Employment Precinct will ensure the community can thrive,” Cr Phelan said.

“I am looking forward to continued investment in the region, whether that be through new community infrastructure, investments in road safety, or upgrades to local roads.”

Construction on the project commenced in May 2015 and was completed in May 2016.