Muttaburra’s very own Men’s Shed is one step closer, after Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, on behalf of the local Freemasons, contributed a $10k grant towards the project.
As one of 12 community initiatives across Queensland, to share in over $110k as part of Hand Heart Pocket’s 2018 Grassroots Community Grants round, the funds will assist with establishing a hub for men – where they can get together to apply their trade skills and form meaningful friendships.
Muttaburra Masonic Lodge representative David Gray said the initiative would be a vital community investment which would contribute to improving the mental and physical health of the town’s men.
“We’re just so excited to have secured this funding for the Muttaburra Men’s Shed and to finally see the project come to fruition. It’s a big deal for a community of 130 people,” David said.
“This is about creating an inclusive environment where men have a place to go and feel like they belong while undertaking hands-on projects, whether they’re retired, out of work, struggling with mental illness or disadvantaged,” he said.
“Especially in a community the size of ours and as isolated as ours, it’s more important than ever for this kind of support to be available to enhance men’s overall wellbeing.”
The proposed Men’s Shed will be situated in the heart of Muttaburra next to the Primary Health Centre. It’s expected that membership will grow from the 22 existing participants.
“We’ve been incredibly fortunate. In addition to the support of the local Freemasons through Hand Heart Pocket, The Barcaldine Regional Council has purchased the Shed and land for the project,” said Muttaburra Men’s Shed President John Lillico.
“We’re thankful for all the support,” he said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said investing in initiatives that support men’s mental and physical health forms part of the organisation’s long-term strategy.
“Providing a hand up and empowering people to lead better lives is what we do,” Gary said.
“The impact that this initiative will have on Muttaburra as a whole, will be immeasurable, significantly improving community life,” he said.
“It is our pleasure to support the local Freemasons to help put men’s mental and physical health on the map in Muttaburra,” he said.
Photo: President of the Muttaburra Men’s Shed John Lillico accepts a $10,000 Hand Heart Pocket Community Grant from the Assistant Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland Chris Pyke, in the presence of Deputy CEO of Barcaldine Regional Council Brett Walsh, and Deputy Mayor of the Barcaldine Regional Council Jenni Gray.