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Date posted: 7 October 2011
A new men's shed in New Mapoon in Cape York was officially opened on 6 October 2011 by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin and State Member for Cook, Jason O'Brien.
The shed will be a gathering place for Indigenous men from five local communities - Bamaga, Injinoo, New Mapoon, Seisia and Umagico - as well as providing mentoring and linking people with health services. A coordination officer will be employed to deliver support services at the shed, such as providing advice to men, health and wellbeing services, and recreational activities.
'The social support and camaraderie found in men's sheds can significantly relieve the isolation and loneliness many men experience,' Ms Macklin said. 'Men often form friendships as they work together. Here in New Mapoon local men will be able to participate in activities to help them connect with each other, their communities and country, such as wood carving, spear making and fishing.'
The New Mapoon men's shed is a significant partnership between the Australian and Queensland Governments, the Northern Peninsula Regional Council, Traditional Owners, Indigenous enterprises and Mensheds Australia.
The Hon Jenny Macklin MP
Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Canberra ACT 2600