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Men’s Shed hopes for new home

Leongatha Men’s Shed could be in a new home soon if an application for funding from the state government is successful.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien called into Leongatha Men’s Shed on Friday to catch up with members and get an update on progress of the group’s current application for funding.

The Leongatha Men’s Shed has applied for a $60,000 grant under the state government Men’s Shed Program and is hopeful about its chances.

The Men’s Shed is proposing to move to a new location at the Leongatha Recreation Reserve and has raised significant funds of its own to complete a shed to lock-up stage.

“Men’s Sheds across our region do a fantastic job of helping men socialise, keep their hands busy and learn new skills and trades.

“I heard some fantastic stories on Friday about what the Men’s Shed means to the men of Leongatha and was happy to earlier provide a letter of support for their application for funding.

“The Men’s Shed has out-grown its current facility at the Horn Street campus of Community College Gippsland and is hopeful of receiving the funding to locate on a new site.”

Mr O’Brien said he was impressed at the quality of the application put forward by the Leongatha Men’s Shed and the work it is doing in the community.

“I’ve seen members of the Men’s Shed at the Leongatha Famers Market in recent months where they’re doing a roaring trade in various products, which is helping them to raise money to go towards their new shed and improved equipment.

“I hope that they will be successful in their application and we will soon see construction beginning on a new shed.”

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien with members of the Leongatha Men’s Shed in their current, cramped workshop.

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