• The Hon. Paul Toole MP

MAJOR FUNDING FOR PORTLAND MEN’S SHED

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole today announced $221,497 will be provided to undertake major upgrades to the Portland Men’s Shed.


Mr Toole said the funding is part of $2.23 million to be allocated statewide for improvements to men’s sheds on Crown land under the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus program.


“Men’s sheds such as the one at Portland are community-based organisations that do a fantastic job by providing men with a welcoming environment to work on projects and make friends in their local area,” Mr Toole said.


“They support men to gather to share their skills, knowledge and experience which helps keeps them active and productive.

“The $221,497 in stimulus funding will be used to upgrade the Mick Moore Pavilion at Portland Showground which is the home of the Portland Men’s Shed.


“Improvements will include installing a kitchen with new plumbing and appliances, air conditioning, solar power panels, a disabled toilet and ramp, a security roller door, new electric wiring and lighting, and building lining and insulation.”

Mr Toole the Portland Men’s Shed also received $19,800 in 2020 to fix the old cement floor in the Mick Moore Pavilion, effectively stopping water getting into the building and impacting on its foundations.


Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said $1 million would be provided this financial year and $1.23 million next financial year for priority upgrade work to a range of men’s sheds across NSW.