Men’s Shed Races Into Black Caviar Territory

12th Jul 2017

The Andrews Labor Government has helped the birthplace of champion racehorse Black Caviar open its new men’s shed.

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today opened the new Nagambie Lakes Men’s Shed, thanking the local community for their tireless support.

Dozens of ‘shedders’ have already contributed to community life by making a commemorative ANZAC display board for the local RSL, helping out with gardening at the nursing home and doing carpentry for schools.

The land was donated by the Strathbogie Shire Council, with the Labor Government providing $60,000 towards the construction of the shed, which is divided into a workshop and a relaxation area and includes a kitchen and meeting room.

Other contributions include $8,500 from Bendigo Bank.

The Labor Government provides $1 million in funding to men’s sheds each year, including $112,000 to the Victorian Men’s Shed Association.

An $879,000 grant round to build new sheds or refurbish existing ones recently closed, with funding recipients to be announced in September 2017.

The Government has delivered 47 grants to build or refurbish sheds across the state since 2015.

Men’s sheds reduce isolation and promote social inclusion, and enhance the health and wellbeing of both individuals and broader community.

Victoria has the highest number of men’s sheds in the country, with more than 350 across the state.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos

“Men’s sheds are an integral part of any community, which is why we’re opening more of them across Victoria.”

“Sheds transform the lives of men and their communities, and we’re proud to make Victoria the men’s shed nation capital.”

Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“The Nagambie community has all the resilience and hard-work ethic of its own Black Caviar, and these shedders embody that spirit.”