Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta joined the local community on the weekend for the opening of the Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed Extension, a jointly funded project between the Australian Government and the Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed.

“The project will provide a venue for the residents of Mt Gravatt and neighbouring regions to come together to socialise as well as improve their skills in activities such as woodworking, woodturning, carpentry and welding,” Mr Vasta said.

“Men’s Sheds facilitate community engagement, offer a place for people to learn new skills and provide an important social support network for its members.”

Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed President Murray Rogash said he was delighted with the assistance the group had received at a Federal, state and local government level.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have received the support enabling us to get to this stage,” Mr Rogash said.

“The Men’s Shed now provides 19 different activities for 260 members from 43 different postcodes.”

Project works included:

• Construction of a 85m2 extension to the existing Men’s Shed for use as a recreational space;
• Construction of new 110m2concrete slab and veranda;
• Installation of new veranda roofing;.
• Internal and external painting of the extension;
• 2m2expansion to the existing kitchen; and
• Fit-out of the kitchen.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said the opening of the extension was yet another example that Ross Vasta and the Australian Government were delivering better community infrastructure in Bonner.

The Australian Government provided $100,000 for the project through its $350 million Community Development Grants Programme, while the Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed contributed $40,000.

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