Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Claremont Men's Shed to have permanent home

Media Release

DC445/2017

18 December 2017

Joint release with:

Eric Abetz

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/.