Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Pollies Support Men's Shed; Rockhampton Upgrade to Be Unveiled

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Pollies Support Men's Shed; Rockhampton Upgrade to Be Unveiled

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Byline: Leighton Smith

A CHORUS of CQ's local politicians have thrown their support behind the good work that the Men's Shed does -- not only to overcome social isolation but to contribute to various projects in the community.

Many have indicated their intention to attend the grand unveiling of the plans to upgrade the Rockhampton Shed, set to take place Thursday, September 14,

between 9.30am - 11.30am

at the Frenchville Sports Club.

Keppel MP Brittany Lauga said there were a number of Men's Sheds across her electorate, including Emu Park, Yeppoon and Rockhampton.

"These local Men's Sheds are important spaces for local men (of all ages) to learn new skills, work in teams, share stories and provide support to one another," she said.

"I thoroughly enjoy visiting our local Men's Sheds and talking with members.

"The local Men's Sheds work on a variety of projects."

Mrs Lauga expressed her appreciation for Emu Park Men's Shed building a Buddy Bench for Emu Park State School.

"A Buddy Bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground," she said.

"It's marvellous that the Emu Park Men's Shed is helping to spread the message of kindness and inclusiveness to our younger generation by building a Buddy Bench for the local school.

"The Men's Sheds also work on a range of projects which are then sold at local markets and the income helps support the Shed purchase materials and equipment."

She acknowledged the many local businesses and community organisations who were actively supporting Men's Sheds through donations of materials and equipment and urged that goodwill to continue for their upcoming project.

"I will be attending the unveiling of the Rockhampton Men's Shed on 14 September," Mrs Lauga said.

"I have been working with the Rockhampton Men's Shed on their masterplan for their new shed and community centre and I will continue to work with the Men's Shed to make their vision a reality."

Rockhampton Regional Council's chair of communities, Cr Rose Swadling said the Men's Shed program was a wonderful opportunity for men and women to come together and discuss things like mental health, depression and prostate cancer and at the same time go out and do things in the community. …

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