BIGGER and better things are on the horizon for the Claremont Men’s Shed after receiving $240,000 in grant funding for the relocation from its temporary premises to a permanent home.
The Federal Government will provide $190,000 in funding for the project, with $50,000 provided by the State Liberal Government.
Claremont Men’s Shed president Martin Watkins said he was “over the moon” to receive the funding.
“Despite the continued interest from the community, our shed hasn’t seen much growth in the past six-months solely because we don’t currently have the room to accommodate additional members,” he said.
“This new shed will be four times bigger, giving us the capacity to encourage new members – not just men, but all members of the community.
“When we’re up and running, I’d really like to see us double our membership, which will not only help us financially, but also do a lot of good for the community.”
The new shed, which will measure in at around 250-sqaure-metres, will be located at The Village Green in Claremont.
Liberal Senator Eric Abetz, who strongly advocated for the funding in partnership with Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer, said the Claremont Men’s Shed was a community-led initiative.
“This major investment to ensure that the Claremont Men’s Shed has a permanent home once again demonstrates the Federal Liberal Government’s willingness to work in partnership with the local community,” he said.
Ms Archer said she recently visited the shed to see the “fantastic work” the members were doing in the community.
“I am so pleased to join with the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team to announce this exciting investment, as it will have a real impact in supporting the local community,” she said.
“The Hodgman Liberal Government greatly values the important role played by Men’s Sheds and has invested more than half a million dollars to support the 56 Men’s Sheds operating throughout Tasmania.
“Men’s Sheds have been shown to produce numerous health and social benefits, including increased physical activity and improved awareness of mental health issues like anxiety and depression.
“Knowing they will have a permanent building to call their own will help increase the membership and therefore the productivity and health of the members.
“I thank the Federal Government for this excellent investment in the Claremont community.”
Mr Watkins extended his thanks to the community, shed members, politicians and Glenorchy City Council for their support.
“Without the amazing support we’ve received in the past 12-months, we wouldn’t be where we are now,” he said.
“All our members are very excited about what’s going to happen this year and look forward to planning, building and moving into our new home.”
The Claremont Men’s Shed is expected to move into it’s new permanent home by December 2018.
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Caption: Claremont Men’s Shed member Jeff White gets to work on repairing an old lawn mower engine.