The Member for Forrest Nola Marino has welcomed the announcement of funding for Men’s Shed programs in Augusta, Capel and Donnybrook.

The Augusta Men’s Shed will receive $3,100 for the installation of solar panels, Capel Men’s Shed will receive $2,480 to purchase fundraising equipment, and Donnybrook Men’s Shed will receive $2,500 to purchase tools and equipment.

The grants are part of $400,000 in national funding provided to 115 community Men’s Sheds across Australia, under the National Shed Development Programme.

Mrs Marino said the grants would empower the organisations to promote and support men’s health and wellbeing, and provide benefits for the community at large in the South West.

“Men’s Shed projects are active across the South West, and I am glad to see the Government supporting them” Mrs Marino said.

Minister for Health Sussan Ley said “Men’s Sheds reduce social isolation, particularly for older men and men living in rural and remote areas, enabling positive social interactions, enhancing health and wellbeing in the men who attend”.

The Department of Health funds the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) to provide support and resources to new and existing Men’s Sheds and to manage the National Shed Development Programme.

Grants are competitive with priority given to sheds in disadvantaged areas. Further rounds of funding will be available for Men’s Sheds in 2015/16. Details can be found at:

For information on the application process, contact AMSA via email at or phone 1300 550 009.