Roll out the shed carpet! Men's gathering space opens in Noosa

Media Release

FN100/2017

29 June 2017

Joint release with:

Llew O'Brien

Federal Member for Wide Bay

Tony Wellington

Mayor

  • Noosa residents have marked the official opening of the Noosa Men's Shed—Long Shed project today
  • The project will improve health outcomes in the region by providing a dedicated gathering space for skills and information sharing
  • The Coalition Government invested $47,030 in the project

The Coalition Government is continuing to deliver on its 2016 election commitments with the completion of the Noosa Men's Shed—Long Shed officially marked today.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the facility will improve health outcomes in the Wide Bay community by providing a dedicated space for Noosa's men to socialise, learn new skills, and discuss issues related to men's health.

“Both during my time as Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Rural Health, I have first-hand experience in seeing a facility like this have a strong positive impact in regional areas,” Minister Nash said.

“In addition, this project has delivered economic and employment benefits to the region, creating 30 jobs during construction.”

“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and delivering a facility that meets the needs of the community does just that.”

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien said the upgrade is an investment in the region's future.

“I fought for this project during the 2016 Federal Election and I am delighted to see it finally delivered,” Mr O'Brien said.

“It will provide a facility that caters for people with a disability, while also creating a space large enough that other men and members of the community can come and take advantage of what's on offer.”

Mayor of Noosa Council Tony Wellington said he was pleased to see two levels of government working closely with the private sector to see the upgrade delivered.

“Noosa Council has worked closely with the Coalition Government and Queensland Masters Builders Association over the past 10 months to get this project off the ground,” Cr Wellington said.

“Many local businesses have also donated to this upgrade, highlighting the importance of this facility to the broader community.”

"It's great to see the Federal Government investing in the health and wellbeing of our residents."

The Coalition Government ($22,000), Noosa Council ($20,000), and Queensland Master Builders Association ($5,030) all contributed to the upgrade, and local businesses assisted with the project via in-kind donations.