Hampton Park Men's Shed (18.9.2018)
Written on the 18 September 2018
18 September 2018
Georgie Crozier (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
Men's sheds throughout Victoria provide a vital contribution to the community, provide connection with friends and maintain an active body and mind for participants in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship. Early last week it was a pleasure to join the Liberal candidate for Narre Warren South, Susan Serey, to announce that an elected Liberal-Nationals government will provide an equipment grant for the new-look Hampton Park Men's Shed. The men's shed recently moved into the old Hampton Park primary schoolhouse.
I remarked to Peter Hanson and other members of the shed in attendance that for me, it was like stepping back in time to be back at the primary school I attended at Wando Vale; the same old-style schoolhouse where 22 or so of us attended what was a wonderful school from Prep to Grade 6.
The old Hampton Park schoolhouse was identified to be demolished by the Andrews Labor government in 2016 before a community campaign from the Hampton Park community and primary school alumni saved and relocated the historic building in 2017. Daniel Andrews, James Merlino and Jenny Mikakos sat around the cabinet table and were more than happy to demolish this historic Hampton Park building without any regard for community groups and volunteer meeting places. Currently the Hampton Park Men's Shed volunteers are scouring local garage sales to buy second-hand tools. This grant will go towards much-needed equipment upgrades for projects that benefit the Hampton Park community.While those opposite within the Labor Party wanted to smash this building into more pieces than a youth justice centre, we on this side of the house are looking forward to seeing what Hampton Park volunteers can create for local children with this equipment grant for the men's shed in future years to come. Victorians know only a Liberal-National government will support the valuable contributions our local volunteer community organisations make.