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Bannockburn and District Men's Shed Inc. to receive funding for new Men’s Shed


The State Government announced on Monday 7th September 2015 that Bannockburn and District Men's Shed Inc. will be one of 15 recipients of a grant for Men’s Sheds across Victoria; successfully securing a share of the recent $750,000 round of Men’s Shed grants.


The shed will be located in Victor Street in Bannockburn and will be used by residents of Bannockburn, Lethbridge, Teesdale, Shelford, Maude, Steiglitz, Meredith, Inverleigh, Murgheboluc, Stonehaven, Batesford and Sutherlands Creek.

The Bannockburn & District Men's Shed Inc. currently meets at the Bannockburn Community Church and has been working on plans to find a permanent home, with conversations beginning with Golden Plains Shire Council in 2014. Final project planning with Council will commence immediately.

Men’s Sheds enhance men’s health and wellbeing and Victorian communities as a whole by reducing social isolation and promoting social inclusion. They also assist members with health conditions including stress, depression and give members the opportunity just to hang out with other men. Many life-long friends are made in Men’s Sheds. 

Mayor, Councillor Des Phelan said, “This is a great thing for the men of Bannockburn and surrounds, and these facilities will enable Bannockburn and District Men's Shed Inc. to do an even better job. Congratulations to all involved. ”

Paul Dakin, the Secretary of the Bannockburn Men’s Shed said “This was a great day for our members and their hard work in fundraising and working towards obtaining the grant and for all men in the southern end of the Golden Plains Shire. We are looking forward to working with Council on getting the facility up and running as quickly as possible. The Victor Street site is ideal as it is close to all of Bannockburn’s essential services and the Community will benefit as a result.”

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said the sheds play an important role in inclusive communities. “They are a safe and friendly space where people can learn new skills, catch up with mates and give back to the community.”

For further information about the Bannockburn and District Men's Shed, please contact Paul Dakin (Secretary) on (03) 5281 7195 or 0434 331 049 or email pdakin@iprimus.com.au