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NEW ABORIGINAL MEN’S SHED IN BENDIGO

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Bendigo’s newest men’s shed will provide a space where Aboriginal men can maintain a connection to their culture as well as the local community.

The Victorian Government allocated $60,000 for the construction of the Djaambi Men’s Shed, which will be run by the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Corporation at its new health and community centre.

Member for Bendigo, East Jacinta Allan, officially opened the shed today, which includes funding for refurbishments to a meeting room and kitchen that the Djaambi Men’s Group will also use.

The corporation contributed nearly $40,000 to the construction of the Djaambi shed, and has been providing culturally appropriate and accessible services for the Dja Dja Wurrung community since 2001.

Djaambi Men’s Shed is one of four Aboriginal men’s sheds run by Aboriginal organisations for Aboriginal men in communities across Victoria, as part of the Government’s Men’s Shed Funding Program.

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Aboriginal self-determination and worked with Aboriginal communities to create its 10-year Aboriginal health, wellbeing and safety strategic plan, Korin Korin Balit-Djak.

Last month, the Labor Government also approved almost $1 million in grants for the construction of new men’s sheds and the refurbishment of existing men’s sheds across the state.

The Government provides $1 million to support Men’s Sheds in Victoria each year, which includes $114,000 to the Victorian Men’s Shed Association.

Victoria has the highest number of sheds in the country, with more than 350 across the state.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“The Djaambi Men’s Shed is run for Aboriginal people by Aboriginal people, who are in the best position to support their community.”

“We’re opening more men’s sheds across Victoria because we know how important they are in improving the health and wellbeing of men and bringing communities together.”

Quotes attributable to Bendigo and District Aboriginal Corporation CEO Raylene Harradine

“The Djaambi Men’s Shed will be a dedicated space for our members to access culturally appropriate and safe programs that are relevant to them.”

“This shed well be a central point to help local Aboriginal people connect to health, educational, employment, cultural and other services.”

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