Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman has announced $76,500 in funding to help upgrade Gundaroo Men’s Shed.

“This funding will support installation of a kitchen, corrugated steel roof, dust extraction unit, and front awning, as well as lighting upgrades,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“Men’s sheds, as community-based organisations, do a fantastic job by providing a welcoming place to work on projects and make friends.

“They support men to keep active and productive, learn new skills, and share knowledge and experience which contributes positively to the community.”

Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson said $1.62 million was being allocated statewide for improvements to men’s sheds as part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus program.

“Men’s sheds are places where men can hang out with mates, learn to build things, pass on skills, and give back to their local community,” Mr Anderson said.

“A study by Beyond Blue found men’s shed members can even fare better on physical functioning, general health, vitality and mental health.”

Australian Men’s Shed Association NSW president John Sharples said the upgrade projects would empower men and create renewed interest.

“We have 377 sheds in NSW with about 20,000 members and this stimulus funding will make a big difference,” Mr Sharples said.

“By improving infrastructure and making workplaces better and safer, we will be able to create a supportive environment that provides opportunities for members to contribute to their men’s shed and the wider community.”