The Loxton Men’s Shed has been awarded a grant of $4,800 from the Federal Government for improvements to the shed under round 17 of the Government’s National Shed Development Programme.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin today congratulated the Men’s Shed for its successful application for the grant.

“Like similar sheds across Australia, the Loxton Men’s Shed offers support to any local men who need a bit of space and some friendly, easy-going company,” Mr Pasin said.

“Our Government recognises these benefits and is investing a total of $5.1 million over three years to the national men’s sheds movement.”

Loxton Men’s Shed will use its government grant to extend the shed by closing in the existing veranda and lean-to.

“Men are increasingly talking about their mental and physical health more and more, and the men’s shed provides a safe and friendly environment for them to do so. Men’s sheds are integral to the community and the benefits to men’s health are widely acknowledged,” Mr Pasin said.

The Men’s Shed grants programme provides funding for health improvement activities, the purchase of tools and equipment, community projects and training, and for building maintenance and development.