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Thursday, June 20, 2024

Sorell community to get new Men’s Shed

A new purpose-built home is on its way for the Sorell Men’s Shed and the Lions Club of Sorell.

Minister for Community Services, Roger Jaensch today announced $550,000 for the construction of the new building, which will house two community volunteer organisations.

Mr Jaensch said Men’s Sheds have been a success story across Tasmania, providing a place where men can connect, learn and share, all while working on projects that make an important contribution to their community.

“This investment by the Tasmanian Liberal Government recognises the significant contributions the Sorell Men’s Shed and the Lions Club of Sorell make to the local community,” Minister Jaensch said.

“The Sorell Men’s Shed is a place for men to enjoy each others’ company and where they can get support to improve their health and wellbeing.

Liberal Candidate for Prosser, Kerry Vincent, said the work that volunteers from the Sorell Men’s Shed and the Lions Club of Sorell do in the community was invaluable.

“The Shed is a place where men can feel useful and meet face to face in a world where contact with others is increasingly done remotely,” Mr Vincent said.

“They can go there to learn new skills, or share their knowledge of skills with those seeking to learn, while making new friends.

“The Lions Club will also have improved facilities for their annual book sale and other fundraising events.”

The Tasmanian Liberal Government recently committed to supporting the Tasmanian Men’s Sheds Association with $200,000 a year for the next two years so they can continue to support members around the State.

The new $550,000 Sorell Men’s Shed is in addition to the $1 million capital investment pledged during the election campaign to upgrade Men’s Sheds and $175,000 a year for two years for a competitive grants program that will help Sheds to replace tools and equipment and to support health and wellbeing programs.

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