Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon has welcomed additional funding awarded to the Cessnock Men’s Shed and Community Garden.
The valuable community organisation received $4500 from the National Shed Development Programme to support the purchase of tools, equipment and training.
The funding has already been put to good use with the organisation purchasing a state-of-the-art planer and thicknesser machine which will be used to produce a wide range of wooden products.
Men’s Sheds are a vital community investment delivering programmes and activities that foster community spirit, connect communities and contribute to building a more inclusive Australia.
Mr Fitzgibbon visited the Men’s Shed facility on Thursday to celebrate the funding boost and to learn more about the group’s current projects.
“I congratulate the Cessnock Men’s Shed and Community Garden for their successful funding bid and for the incredible work they do within our community,” Joel Fitzgibbon said.
The Cessnock Men’s shed boasts approximately 105 members with between 50 and 60 people attending the facility each opening day.
“The main thing about the shed is it’s not just to come to and work, it’s about companionship. We do things to keep everyone busy and it brings everyone together,” Cessnock Men’s Shed participant David Chalker said.
Cessnock Men’s Shed and Community Garden will hold an event next week to mark Men’s Health Week which runs nationally between 12-18 June.