Work is progressing on the Bacchus Marsh Men’s Shed’s new workshop facility.

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today got a first-hand look at the soon-to-be-completed refurbishments, which will convert the old facility into a brand new functional work space for local shedders to get together.

The Andrews Labor Government provided $24,640 to the Bacchus Marsh (The Laurels) Men’s Shed last year for the upgrade – one of 10 sheds undergoing a makeover through last year’s grants round.

That’s on top of a further 13 brand new sheds that were funded in 2017.

Men’s sheds are safe and productive spaces for men to work on common projects, form friendships and give back to their community, with almost 1,000 sheds across the country and more than 360 in Victoria.

Around 15,000 people attend a shed in Victoria each day.

The Labor Government has built or upgraded 70 sheds since November 2014.

This year’s Men’s Shed Funding Program grant round – which is currently open with $885,000 up for grabs – has an emphasis on supporting Aboriginal men and those from disadvantaged areas.

Grant applications can be submitted through local councils, and will remain open until 5pm on Friday 8 June 2018.

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Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos

 “It’s great to see the progress of the construction of the new workshop and meet some of the locals who will no doubt be making use of it when it’s completed.”

 “Men’s sheds about giving men (and sometimes women) a chance to come together, give back to the community and talk or learn about what matters to them.”

“This year we’ll also be getting more Aboriginal men’s sheds on board – as well as those in regional areas – so the Victorian community has better access to this valuable service.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford

 “We’re proud to make Victoria the men’s shed nation capital.”

“This refurb will give locals a brand new workshop for their events and get-togethers.”