Two EP Men's Sheds receive funding

Two Eyre Peninsula Men's Sheds have received grants to assist with new equipment and programs thanks to grant funding from the Australian Government's National Shed Development Programme.

As part of the 20th funding round the Cleve Men's Shed has received $5600 to go towards health and well being events, which was to include an information booth at the EP Field Days while Streaky Bay Men's Shed has received $4935 to go towards a Pro Master Chevington metalcraft workshop and freight.

Cleve Men's Shed coordinator Don Smith said this was welcomed news as the still young Men's Shed relied on grants to further establish itself.

"We only moved in in January this year and then had to shut up because of COVID-19 and have started getting back together now," he said.

"We're pretty happy with the progress we're making and getting the grants we can through the Australian Men's Shed Association is a lifeline."

Mr Smith said the shed was moving to focusing on men's health and had planned to have an information booth at the Field Days which included health checks and a healthy barbecue.

He said the shed had received great support from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, Bendigo Bank, Cleve District Council, Cleve Thrift Shop and Quinn's Transport.

Streaky Bay Men's Shed secretary Wayne Miller said the shed would like to thank the government and Australian Men's Shed Association for helping them get this funding.

"The grant funding is much appreciated by the Streaky Bay Men's Shed and it will improve work activities at the shed," he said.

Mr Miller said members returned on July 3 with the shed open on Fridays from 9am to 3pm.

"Some of the members are working on their own projects and some are working on projects for the community," he said.

Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he was happy to see the funding for the two Eyre Peninsula Men's Sheds and others in the electorate at Booleroo Centre, Owen and Whyalla.

"To stay healthy, we need to do regular activities with the people around us, and our local Men's Shed has become a focal point for their local communities," he said.