HAPPY: Members of the Roma Men’s Shed show LNP candidate David Littleproud around the facility on Friday.
HAPPY: Members of the Roma Men’s Shed show LNP candidate David Littleproud around the facility on Friday. Blake Antrobus

Littleproud commits $147k for new Men’s Shed in Roma

ROMA’S Men’s Shed is the first in the region to receive a total of $147,000 for a new building, after an announcement from LNP candidate David Littleproud.

Mr Littleproud announced the funding for a new Men’s Shed on Friday, with construction likely to begin this year.

“This building is all for the benefit of the Roma community, and it’s a good initiative to support mental health out in the region,” he said.

“A Men’s Shed is the one thing that keeps some blokes going out in the west; it acts like a refuge for those with bad life experiences.”

President of the Roma Men’s Shed Alec Waldron said it was a much-needed upgrade to the current facility, which is shared with the Scouts and Dance groups.

“We’re all over the moon at this money; we never expected to get that much, even with the grant funding we’ve applied for,” he said.

“There’s a dire need for the upgrade, since sometimes we work with no cover and there are a lot of people crammed into a small workshop.

“We’re very appreciative of the scouts for allowing our use, but we just need more space.”

Roma’s Men’s Shed is the first in the region to receive funding of this scale, with only $40,000 committed to other sheds for upgrades.

Mr Littleproud reassured the money would come from the budget and not from the ratepayer’s pocket.

“This comes out of a different pot of money from the budget, and it will be committed regardless of the election result,” he said.

Former Maranoa MP Bruce Scott had previously campaigned for extra funding for the Men’s Shed, securing an additional $4000 under the Federal Government’s National Men’s Shed Development Programme in 2015.

“Men’s Sheds play an important role in our community as they provide practical and social benefits for members and the broader community,” he said.


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