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 Naracoorte District Men’s Shed with funding of $5,038.

“This funding will enable Naracoorte District Men’s Shed to purchase new IT equipment and provide training to their members, allowing them to stay in touch as well as purchase lifesaving defibrillators.”

Naracoorte District Men’s Shed Chairman Graham Henschke said the Naracoorte District Men’s Shed have recently established a sub-branch of the Men’s Shed, known as the Engine Group.

“This grant will enable us to provide the Engine Group with a defibrillator and other associated safety equipment.” Mr Henschke said.

“We are very grateful for the support of Tony Pasin and the Federal Government.” Mr Henschke 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.