The Men’s Shed gets a makeover thanks to the Community Benefit Programme

6 December 2018

Allan Crowhurst stands in the Kimba Men's Shed

The modern Men’s Shed is an updated version of the shed in the backyard that has long been a part of Australian culture.

Men’s Sheds are found in many cities and towns around Australia and continue to spring up internationally.

Some Men’s Sheds, like the Kimba Men’s Shed welcome all community members, regardless of their age or gender.

The Kimba Men’s Shed received $12,824 to upgrade their facilities including; concrete flooring, lighting and power installation as part of the Community Benefit Programme funding grants.

The scheme has delivered tangible outcomes for the regions that are participating in the consultation process. To date a total of 57 projects have received funding.

Secretary of the Kimba Men’s Shed, Allan “Crowy” Crowhurst said, “The Kimba Men’s Shed was formed to help men and women of all ages and fitness levels to join in and help with local clubs and committees with any programmes and activities requiring tasks which would not be easily performed due to time and labour required.”

“Without the grant, we would still have a gravel floor and no lights or power points which would make most of our tasks impossible to perform. We are very grateful for the huge boost to our capabilities.

“Recent projects we have worked on include repairing some of the Christmas decorations for placing around the town, ran a sausage sizzle for the opening of the silo painting and we now have a long list of tasks to help some of our senior citizens, including minor repairs, gardening and more,” Allan said.

For more information on the Community Benefit Programme, visit www.radioactivewaste.gov.au