AFTER months of work and campaigning, Romsey will finally have a men’s shed to call its own.
In a significant milestone for men’s sheds in Victoria, the Romsey Men’s Shed will be the 100th to receive funding through the state government.
Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas announced on Tuesday (November 13) the Romsey Men’s Shed would receive $60,000 to build a new shed at Romsey Park.
Despite being formally incorporated in June, the shed hasn’t been able to have any formal or regular meetings or recruit members due to the lack of space.
The announcement means that men in Romsey will soon have a place they can get together, share skills and take on projects that benefit the local community.
The funding will get the Men’s Shed most of the way towards building a new shed, but they have a yet to secure a site for it.
Romsey Men’s Shed secretary Patrick Holt said the funding was a pleasant surprise but doesn’t quite finish the job.
“Our primary focus is we need to get a site secured first. We’ve expressed interest to council about Romsey Park so we’re still waiting to hear back from them about that,” he said.
“The $60,000 will get us pretty close to buying a shed but maybe not getting it standing.
“There was obviously surprise, but gratitude too because Mary-Anne went into bat for us and we really appreciate it.”
Ms Thomas said the Men’s Shed will be a wonderful asset for the Romsey community.
“It will engage men from across the region so they have the chance to come together, share their skills and catch up with mates,” she said.
“Having somewhere to go and spend time with other men makes a huge difference to men’s health and wellbeing.”
“Congratulations to the Romsey community for getting behind this project. They can now start work on building a Men’s Shed for Romsey thanks to this grant.”