A lack of funding for services for retirees in the Frankston area threatens the social and mental well-being of the elderly, say community leaders in the Dunkley electorate.
David Wirth, president of the Mornington Men’s Shed, says the shed’s daily meetings and workshops give many retirees and widowers a reason to get out of bed. “I think it’s because we’ve got companionship,” he says.
But the Mornington shed, one of several providing support for older men in the electorate, struggles to operate.“As with all Men’s Sheds, we’re starved for funds,” he says.
The need for federal funding to support such services is a sore point in the electorate. An allocation of $3 million in funding in the 2010 Federal Government’s National Male Health Policy has proved inadequate, with most of the 930 sheds around Australia depending largely on the generosity of local businesses and philanthropists.
originally published on UniPoll Watch on June 1st, 2016