EARLY CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR RENEGADES MEN’S SHED LNP Candidate for Bowman, Henry Pike, has outlined that Macleay Island’s Renegades Men’s Shed will receive a Federal Government grant to continue to support the health of men through the National Shed Development Programme (NSDP). “Men’s Sheds play a vital role in preventing social isolation and mental ill health. They offer thousands of men of all ages a safe and friendly environment where they can work on meaningful projects while building strong social connections,” Mr Pike said. “This $2183 grant means that the Renegades Men’s Shed can buy replacement defibrillation pads and battery, as well as a wealth of new tools and equipment.” Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said there are more than 1,000 Men’s Sheds across the nation, and they play a vital role in preventing social isolation and mental ill health. “Men’s Sheds offer thousands of men of all ages a safe and friendly environment where they can work on meaningful projects and build social connections,” Minister Hunt said. The Government also took action to help alleviate social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic by prioritising applications for IT equipment and training, which helps to maintain friendships and connection to shed projects and reduces social isolation. A Men’s Shed can range from purpose-built facilities, multipurpose buildings, or shared spaces that are used regularly to foster positive community spirit among men. Sheds are able to apply for funding and grants up to a total of $10,000, with priority given to sheds in disadvantaged areas. The NSDP provides funding to Men’s Sheds through a competitive grants process. Applications for Round 23 of the NSDP will be opened in mid-January 2022.