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Monday, 19 March 2012
Page: 3247

Mr HAYES (Fowler) (13:59): I recently attended the Bonnyrigg Men's Shed monthly barbecue. The Men's Shed is an excellent place for men of all ages to come together and work on various community projects. It reduces social isolation and promotes inclusion in the programs it offers. It keeps the minds of many men active, but more importantly it promotes self-esteem. Men's Sheds all over Australia have tremendously benefited their local communities through activities such as repairing furniture, restoring bicycles for local schools, fixing lawnmowers or even making kids' cubby houses for Camp Quality to raffle off. They promote waste reduction by turning it into usable items such as picnic tables.

The SPEAKER: I apologise to the honourable member; however, in accordance with standing order 43, the time for members' statements has expired.