Boost to Tasmanian men’s sheds

Media Statement

4 March 2010

Michael Polley
Labor Member for Lyons

Men’s Shed Boost

The Labor Member for Lyons, Michael Polley today announced that Labor would commit $130,000 ($5,000 each) for 26 Men’s Sheds across Tasmania.

Mr Polley announced the Labor commitment at Pete’s Community Workshed in Bridgewater, which has been in operation for 10 years.

“Pete’s Community Workshed is an excellent example of the wonderful services that these community Men’s Shed provide all over Tasmania,” Mr Polley said.

“This is about getting our priorities right and not spending billions of dollars on a Midland Highway before our health and community services are looked after.

“Usually located in socio-economically disadvantaged and rural areas, Men’s Sheds provide valuable health and well-being advice to mainly men but not exclusively so.

“Men’s Sheds provide largely informal programs and opportunities to develop intergenerational relationships.

“The Shed’s common commitment is to the health and well being of men experiencing some degree of social exclusion.

“They also offer informal opportunities for mentoring and enhancing men’s health and well being by improving access to information.

“Pete’s Community Workshed is an outstanding community resource which has increased the trust respect and mutual cooperation of the community it has been supporting for these 10 years.

“The Shed’s provide opportunities for the unemployed to learn or enhance practical life skills, bettering their chances of employment and improving their self esteem.

“It is only under a Labor Government that all Tasmanian’s will be looked after and supported.

Contact: Sam Adams: 6233 3858

Authorised by J. Dowling for the ALP Level 2, 63 Salamanca Pl, Hobart

Sam Adams

Media Coordinator
Government Communications Office
Office of the Hon David Bartlett MP
Premier of Tasmania
p (03) 6270 5511
f (03) 6233 6298
m 0488 604 099

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