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 Former 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

First sod turned on Roma Men's Shed upgrade

Media Release


24 June 2017

Joint release with:

David Littleproud

Federal Member for Maranoa

Tyson Golder

Mayor of Maranoa Regional Council

  • Roma residents have marked the first sod turning of the Roma Men’s Shed Upgrade in Queensland
  • The project will improve health outcomes and develop new skills in the community
  • The Coalition Government invested $276,838 in the project

The Coalition Government is continuing to deliver on its election commitments to Queenslanders with the first sod turned today on the Roma Community Men’s Shed Building upgrade.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the project was part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to invest in regional Australia.

“This is one of thousands of projects we are delivering across the nation, and will provide local men with a great place to socialise, mentor others and learn new skills,” Minister Nash said.

“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and delivering this social and skills development link is a big part of that.”

Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud, who attended the sod turn today, said it was great to see construction begin on this fit-for-purpose facility, with the development also delivering employment benefits for the region.

“This project will create around 10 local jobs during construction which is a great outcome for the community,” Mr Littleproud said.

“It’s great to see the Coalition Government investing in this region, including the $5 million investment for the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame Upgrade through the National Stronger Regions Fund.”

Mayor of Maranoa Regional Council Tyson Golder said it was great to see all three levels of government working with the community to deliver high-quality infrastructure.

“We have worked closely with the Australian and Queensland governments, along with the Roma Community Men’s Shed organisation, to see a milestone like today reached,”
Cr Golder said.

“Delivering quality community infrastructure is essential for thriving communities, and that is why an upgrade like this is so important for the people of our region. I’d like to congratulate the Roma Men’s Shed members for their patience and effort in bringing this project to fruition.”

Construction is expected to be complete by October 2017 weather permitting.

For more information on the Coalition Government’s investment in regional Australia visit