Mr Speaker, last week I had the pleasure of dropping in on the Wynnum-Manly District Men’s Shed in my electorate of Bonner.
The Shed recently completed upgrades to its facilities thanks to two hundred thousand dollars in funding from the Morrison Government’s Community Development Grants Program.
I was really looking forward to this visit and seeing the benefits of our funding in person.
The funding has enabled the upgrade of the Wynnum-Manly and District Men’s Shed’s office facilities, shed equipment including a laser cutter and dust extraction system and the installation of solar panels.
It will also support their growing membership base.
Mr Speaker, Men’s Sheds do incredible work.
Open to all men, they play vital roles in our communities, addressing social isolation and boosting men’s mental health.
Mr Speaker, mental health care is a priority of the Morrison Government.
We have nearly doubled spending on mental health since we came to office.
There are more than one thousand Men’s Sheds across the country where men can work on various projects from manual crafts to gardening.
I am fortunate enough to have multiple Men’s Sheds in Bonner whose amazing projects are often donated back into our communities.
The Wynnum-Manly Men’s Shed has built model trains for our childcare centres, supported local businesses with handmade décor like table numbers for the local Leagues Club and provided carpentry support to those in need.
I am always humbled by the kindness and generosity of the Men’s Shed towards our community.
Mr Speaker, the Morrison Government’s funding towards the Wynnum-Manly Men’s Shed means we are not only nurturing the skills and passions of our community, but we are investing in their mental health and wellbeing.
Our Government is making mental health services accessible and providing safe environments for those seeking support.
I believe this embodies exactly what it means to be Australian.
To provide a helping hand to those who need it most.