COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Maitland Men's Shed Wheelchair Lift

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland): I recently attended the official commissioning of the newly installed Maitland Men's Shed wheelchair lift that was made possible through the New South Wales Community Building Partnership program.

The Men's Shed received $64,000 and was one of 15 successful local organisations that shared in the $300,000 available to my community. I had the pleasure of assisting two of the longest serving Maitland Men's Shed members, Mr Geoff Pisani and Mr Gary Kirkman, into the lift for the official launch.

I am pleased that I was able to provide this funding for such an important and vital organisation in our community. It is a wonderful place for men to get together to work on meaningful projects, share skills and contribute to the wider local community. I also thank and acknowledge the Maitland Business Chamber, which arranged sponsorship for the cladding on the lift's exterior, which will be decorated with a mural of shed members.