Right as rain: Kilmore Men’s Shed gains new water tank and pump

Kilmore Men’s Shed members welcomed the delivery of a large water tank and diesel pump in August 2020, purchased with an Inland Rail Sponsorships and Donations grant. 

Kilmore Mens Shed tank

Vice President John Perrett said a couple of members briefly went to the shed, which is currently closed due to COVID-19 Stage 3 restrictions, to accept delivery of the much-needed items.

“We can’t install the tank yet because of the restrictions but once it’s up and running, it will make watering the growing veggie patch a whole lot easier,” John said. 

“We’ve got everything from a variety of fruit trees to onions, broad beans, snow peas, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbages for the winter crops.

“We’ve also got plenty of seedlings to plant in the Spring, including enough for 40 tomato plants.” 

Alongside the tank, John said the diesel pump would provide back-up support to firefighters in the event of a bushfire near the men’s shed.

“We really appreciate grants like these because they help us keep operating and to purchase essential equipment that helps both our members and the community in general,” he said.

“We’re a not-for-profit organization that does all sorts of work around Kilmore, so grants like this help us keep going with our projects.” 

Members have been stopping by at the shed to tend to the garden, while maintaining social distancing requirements during Stage 3 restrictions.  

Others have been working on projects at home, including wood-turning garden bed barriers to improve the veggie patch. 

“Members often take the produce home and we also exchange fruit and veggies with Ferguson’s Bakehouse in Kilmore because they’ve donated goods to us over the years,” John said.  

Community groups can apply for between $1,000 and $4,000, as part of the Inland Rail Sponsorships and Donations grant program. Eligibility requirements also remain the same. Successful applications must address each question fully, providing details on why the event is worthy of funding, how it will be held and who will benefit. Find our more here. 

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