New social hub for Tally blokes

January 10, 2018

Tallygaroopna’s blokes are set for a new hangout.

One where they can have a cuppa, create, bond and achieve important health outcomes.

Thanks in part to Victorian Government funding, Greater Shepparton City Council is tendering for the design and construction of a new Tallygaroopna Men’s Shed, to become the group’s new headquarters.

The group has been involved with the project, which will involve the construction of a 12m by 12m industrial shed with an accessible toilet, tea station, workshop space with works including associated external civil and drainage works.

The council is inviting builders to design and construct the project, aimed to be completed next year.

The Victorian Government in 2016 announced a $60000 contribution to the construction of a new men’s shed, helping make the about $100000 project a reality.

State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes at the time said the new shed would boost space for community programs, support the physical and mental wellbeing of users, provide safe and practical places for men to meet, make social connections and actively participate in their communities.

The remaining funding will come from council and fundraising efforts by the Tallygaroopna Men’s Shed group.

Council’s neighbourhoods manager Amanda Tingay said the group’s building would be demolished, paving the way for the new facility.

She said the council had been working closely with groups to help find funding opportunities for new facilities.

She described the sheds as a vital part of the community.

‘‘It’s an opportunity where men can come together, keep a healthy mind and body, get together, have a cuppa, donate time ... it’s really a small enterprise,’’ Ms Tingay said.

‘‘It’s a place to keep the mind active, the body active.

‘‘And mateship as well.’’

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