After years of campaigning for a Men’s Shed in Trentham and much to-ing and fro-ing, the idea is finally coming to fruition.
Last week, Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas visited the town to announce $60,000 of funding towards the construction of a Men’s Shed at 55 Mulachys Road.
The committee is still waiting on planning and building permits to come through for the block of land, which was arranged through the Ballarat office of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, but construction will begin once they have been approved.
Men’s sheds are safe and practical places for men to meet, interact socially and actively participate in projects which benefit their communities.
President Tony Johnston said about 40 men had expressed interest in joining a men’s shed in Trentham and other community members had offered to undertake works on the site free of charge.
“There are sheds in Daylesford, Kyneton and Woodend so now it’s our turn,” Mr Johnston said.
He said the shed, which would be built on the cleared area at the front of the land, would be disability friendly and include a recreational area, office and conveniences.
“Men’s sheds are very important for men’s health. This then expands into many other benefits for the community,” he said.
Ms Thomas expressed similar sentiments, saying the sheds played a wonderful role in the community.
“They engage men across our region so they have the chance to come together and catch up with mates.
“Congratulations to the Trentham community who got behind this project. They can now start work on building a men’s shed for Trentham thanks to this grant.”
The construction of a Men’s Shed has been amply supported by many community groups and organisations, including the Trentham and Community Bank, who invested $30,000 in the project, the Trentham Lions Club, who donated $15,000, the Hairy Arch Art Day, Trentham Golf Club and Hepburn Wind.