The Federal Government is providing an early Christmas present to four Men’s Sheds in Barker by providing a total of $12,277 to continue to support the health of men through the National Shed Development Program (NSDP).

Member for Barker Tony Pasin welcomed the decision to award the Lower Murray Vintage Engine and Machine Club with funding of $1,490.

“This funding will enable Lower Murray Vintage Engine and Machine Club to purchase a new tool set.” Mr Pasin said.

Lower Murray Vintage Engine and Machine Club Chairman Jayme Marshall said the members are proud to be part of the Lower Murray Vintage Engine and Machine Club and to think others deemed them worthy recipients of this grant is amazing.

“The equipment that this grant will enable us to purchase will be a godsend to all of us who use it each week.” Mr Marshall said.

“We are very grateful for Tony Pasin’s continued support.” Mr Marshall said.

Mr Pasin said it was vitally important that Shed Members felt valued and remained connected to their community during a period that was difficult for many Australians.

“Men’s Sheds play a vital role in preventing social isolation and mental ill health. They offer thousands of men of all ages a safe and friendly environment where they can work on meaningful projects while building strong social connections,” Mr Pasin said.

“Since 2013, the Coalition Government has provided more than $6.4 million to support Men’s Sheds through the program.” Mr Pasin said.

Sheds are able to apply for funding and grants up to a total of $10,000, with priority given to sheds in disadvantaged areas.

Applications for Round 23 of the NSDP will be opened in mid-January 2022.