Men’s Shed to be constructed in Mooloolah under a re-elected Morrison Govt
Mooloolah Valley Community Centre would lead the construction of a new Men’s Shed for the township with funding provided under a re-elected Morrison Government.
During a visit to the site today, Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace announced a commitment of $250,000 which would be provided for construction of the new facility on a vacant lot behind the existing Community Centre.
Mr Wallace said that he has been impressed by the overwhelming local support for the project.
“More than 300 local residents have made an expression of interest to Mooloolah Valley Community Centre, asking for this shed to be built. When Bernie and Anita Verwayen came to me last year and told me so passionately about how much this community needs its own Shed, I wanted to do everything I could to help.” Mr Wallace said.
“The mental health challenges and isolation faced by many older men in our society are increasingly being recognised as major issues on the Sunshine Coast and all over Australia. Men’s Sheds can offer many the chance to belong, to make a contribution to their community, and to talk to people like them in a welcoming environment. I am proud that under a re-elected Morrison Government, this grant will provide Mooloolah Valley men with that opportunity.”
The nearest existing Men’s Sheds are in Glasshouse Mountains and Maleny. The new building would include eight work stations offering a variety of wood and metal working equipment as well as social spaces.
Mooloolah Valley Community Centre liaison Bernie Verwayen OAM said “There’s a lot of people like me that live in this beautiful township. I’m an ex-serviceman, and I suffer from PTSD and sometimes I need to talk to other guys. These guys behind me who want to be part of the Men’s Shed are a great bunch. With this funding we’ll be able to get together, do some woodwork, and have a cup of coffee together. I say to other men in Mooloolah Valley, come and join us; the more the merrier.”
Mr Wallace said the funding for a Mooloolah Valley Men’s Shed was only possible because of the Morrison Government’s plan for a stronger economy.
“By paying down debt and growing the economy, we can afford to deliver funding for these new facilities that our community is crying out for. But this is all at risk under Labor. Bill Shorten and Labor pose the greatest risk to Australia’s economy in a generation, with plans for $387 billion in new taxes on small and family businesses, retirees, housing, income, investments, electricity and cars.” Mr Wallace said.