Labor will provide $20,000 in funding to fit out an outdoor workspace at the Multicultural Men’s Shed at Coniston if elected on 18 May.

This election will be a choice between a Shorten Labor Government with a plan for the services our community needs, or more of the Liberals’ cuts and chaos. 

The Multicultural Men’s Shed provides a place for men to come together from many different backgrounds around the world including El Salvador, Portugal, Chile, Turkey and Egypt, who bond over espetada, soccer and their trades and work at the shed.   

They learn new things from each other and are quite competitive when it comes to woodworking and metalworking!  The men discuss their younger years, how they came to Australia and the difference in their lives prior to arriving in Australia.  One member recently spoke of his loneliness after losing his wife two years ago and how important it is for him to be able to come to the shed. 

The grant will help to fit out an outdoor workspace for the shed, including a concrete slab, shade cover and benches to allow a more functional workspace. Currently, if more space is required, the men have to pull benches outside onto dirt ground with no shade. This fit out will allow them a lot more space to work and some much-needed shade for their meals and refreshments. 

The shed has a range of woodworking tools and machines, a welder and a small milling machine. 

Manuel from the Multicultural Men’s Shed has made many friends at the shed and sums it up with “Amigos para sempre” – you will always be my friend. 

To date, Labor has announced over $136 million in local commitments for Cunningham: 

  • $50 million for Maldon Dombarton Rail Link. 
  • $55 million for safety upgrades to the Appin Road and koala pass for rare local koala colony. 
  • $11 million for the University of Wollongong – including $10 million for Facility of Intelligent Fabrication and $1 million to establish the 3D BioPrinting Facility. 
  • $18 million in extra funding for local public schools. 
  • Reopening the Warrawong Centrelink and Medicare Office. 
  • $2 million towards upgrading the netball facilities at Berkeley’s Fred Finch Park. 
  • $57,000 for industrial fans for Greenacres. 
  • $135,000 for tree illumination in Port Kembla.

After six years of cuts and chaos under the Liberals, our united Labor team is ready to support and invest in our local regions and communities.