$10,000 investment for Parramatta Men's Shed

Friday, 22 August 2014

The Australian Government is delivering on its election commitments to the electorate of Parramatta through the Community Development Grants Programme.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon. Jamie Briggs MP and Senator for New South Wales, the Hon. Marise Payne today announced that the Australian Government has delivered $10,000 in tools and equipment for the Parramatta Men’s Shed in the Kamballa Precinct.

Mr Briggs said the funding to Parramatta District Men’s Shed Incorporated was another example of the Australian Government’s commitment to providing long term improvements in productive community infrastructure for communities across Australia.

“We are getting on with the job of delivering $314.2 million toward almost 300 community projects across Australia,” Mr Briggs said.

“The funding will provide metal and wood working power tools and machinery for the Men’s Shed which was established in 2012,” Senator Payne said.

“The Men’s Shed is an important asset to Parramatta, helping men to learn new skills, meet new friends and enhance the local community.”

Parramatta Men’s Shed Public Officer Kerry Boyce said he was delighted with the funding, which allowed the Men’s Shed to purchase much-needed new equipment including a wood lathe, a band saw, a metal milling machine, a MIG welder, and an automatic external defibrillator.

“This is a great win for local men and the broader Parramatta community. All our new equipment is high-quality and will not only improve safety in our Shed; but will also help men develop their skills and improve and encourage social interaction,” Mr Boyce said.

“These skills can be used by men in community-based and home-based projects. I’d like to thank the Federal Government for this important investment in our local community.”

The Community Development Grants programme is administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development which undertakes a value with public money assessment of each project against the programme guidelines to ensure the efficient, effective, ethical, and economical use of public money.