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 Loxton Community Men’s Shed with funding of $4,000.

“This funding will enable Loxton Community Men’s Shed to purchase an industrial dust extraction unit, ducting kits, grounding kits and hose clamps.” Mr Pasin said.

Loxton Community Men’s Shed Chairman Dean Kerley said this grant will support the Loxton Community Men’s Shed to upgrade their ducting system, with the Men’s Shed contributing the remainder.

“We have recently located all of our machinery into the one area, so it is important to concentrate and extract the dust to ensure we are looking after the health of our members.” Mr Kerley said.

“We are very grateful for the federal government contribution and thank Tony Pasin for his support.” Mr Kerley 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.