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Minister for Veterans' Affairs
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Thursday, 27 March 2014
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GRANTS PROMOTE INDEPENDENCE AND QUALITY OF LIFE FOR VETERANS

Bowling green upgrades, kitchen refurbishments and bus trips to reduce social isolation are some of the projects to receive $974,255 in funding as part of the Veteran and Community Grants program, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson announced today.

“It is a pleasure to announce funding for 32 community projects, across the country. These are projects which directly benefit the defence and veteran community. I congratulate each of the successful organisations on their valuable work,” Senator Ronaldson said.

Ex-service and community organisations, veteran representative groups, private organisations and projects that promote improved independence and quality of life for veterans are eligible for funding through the Veteran and Community Grants program.

Senator Ronaldson said RSL clubs and sub-branches, Men’s Sheds and many other veteran, defence and community organisations provide a central hub of support, recreation and comradeship for so many of our current and former servicemen and women.

“Since 1999, the Veteran and Community Grants program has helped ex-service organisations continue to provide high quality services and support to the veteran and defence community and their families,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“The Australian community is justly proud of the service and sacrifice of our veterans and those currently serving in the Australian Defence Force. Each of these grants is a show of our appreciation and gratitude to our sailors, soldiers, airmen and nurses, past and present.”

“The Veteran and Community Grants program will continue to provide funding in future rounds.  I encourage any eligible local veteran or defence groups to consider how a grant could help deliver care and support to their community.”

For further information on how to apply visit www.dva.gov.au/grants or contact your nearest DVA office on 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.

Editor’s note: A list of grant recipients in each state is attached.

Media inquiries:
Senator Ronaldson: Brad Rowswell 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veteran and Community Grants 2013-14 Funding
Round Three

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Recipient Location Funding Description Amount
Vietnam Veterans and Veterans Federation ACT Incorporated Page To upgrade a photocopier to enhance the production of a newsletter. $7,426
Total Grants - ACT - 1 Total $ 7,426
NEW SOUTH WALES
Recipient Location Funding Description Amount
East Maitland RSL Sub­branch East Maitland To purchase new communication equipment including a PA system, computing equipment and a new storage cabinet. $20,820
National Service & Combined Forces Association of Australia Incorporated Newcastle Branch Mayfield To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $15,420
Vietnam Veterans Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Association of Australia Incorporated - Wentworth and Coomealla Districts Sub­branch Dareton To install new appliances into the kitchen and recreation room to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $7,502
Total Grants - NSW - 3 Total $ 43,742
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Recipient Location Funding Description Amount
The Returned and Services League of Australia (SA Branch) Incorporated Alice Springs To upgrade toilet facilities in the Alice Springs RSL Club for the benefit of the veteran community. $135,314
Total Grants - NT - 1 Total $ $135,314
QUEENSLAND
Recipient Location Funding Description Amount
Extremely Disabled War Veterans of Australia – Central and North Queensland Association Incorporated Port Vernon To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $6,600
Hervey Bay & District Veterans Association Pialba To replace a power generator and purchase electrical equipment for the Association's veteran retreat to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $11,782
National Servicemen's Association of Australia (Qld) Incorporated Bundaberg Bundaberg To purchase computer equipment and software for the production of a newsletter. $1,371
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Runaway Bay Sub­branch Incorporated Runaway Bay To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $1,755
Sapper Association Queensland Incorporated North Queensland Sub­branch Kelso To undertake a series of bus tours to reduce social isolation. $5,600
Totally and Permanently Disabled Ex­Servicepersons Association (Townsville) Incorporated South Townsville To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $28,295
Total Grants - QLD - 6 Total $ 55,403
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Recipient Location Funding Description Amount
Port Clinton Progress Association Incorporated Port Broughton To refurbish the kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $31,000
Total Grants - SA - 1 Total $ $31,000
TASMANIA
Recipient Location Funding Description Amount
Cygnet Returned & Services League Sub­branch Incorporated Cygnet To upgrade the roof, ceiling, fittings and floor coverings for the benefit of the veteran community. $84,214
Royal Australian Air Force Association Tasmania Division Hobart To refurbish flooring in the member’s lounge of the RAAF Memorial Centre for the benefit of the veteran community. $12,030
Total Grants - TAS - 2 Total $ 96,154
VICTORIA
Recipient Location Funding Description Amount
Balmoral RSL Sub­branch Balmoral To refurbish the roof, kitchen and toilet facilities to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $76,992
Bentleigh RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Bentleigh To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,707
Coburg RSL Sub­branch Coburg To refurbish the floor in the clubrooms and purchase equipment to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $12,818
Cohuna­Leitchville RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Cohuna To upgrade the clubroom facilities to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $10,317
Corryong Men's Shed Incorporated Corryong To purchase a dust extractor to facilitate activities provided by the Men's Shed. $2,690
Emerald RSL Sub‑branch Emerald To recreate a 1921 Avenue of Honour and to construct a War Memorial known as ANZAC Place. $47,245
Geelong RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Belmont To contribute to the refurbishment of a bowling green and construct a toilet for the benefit of the veteran community. $100,000
Hastings R&SL of Australia Sub­branch Building Patriotic Fund No 2800 Hastings To refurbish the kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $70,160
Kooweerup Bowling Club Incorporated Kooweerup To purchase new equipment to enhance the programs provided by the Bowling Club. $7,790
Mildura TPI/EDA Social Club Mildura To upgrade a photocopier to enhance the production of a newsletter. $2,564
Stawell RSL Sub­branch Stawell To upgrade the roof, guttering and windows of the clubrooms to sustain activities provided to the veteran community. $29,093
Sunrise Day Club Mitcham To purchase new equipment to enhance the programs provided by the Day Club. $4,871
Sunshine RSL Memorial Bowling Club Sunshine To contribute to the upgrade of the Club's bowling greens to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $100,000
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Victorian Branch Trawool, Vic To purchase items including a Bicycle Support Trailer to support VetRide 2014. $25,087
Whirly Bird Day Club Dandenong To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $7,407
Total Grants - VIC - 15 Total $ 500,741
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Recipient Location Funding Description Amount
Legacy Fund of Fremantle Incorporated Fremantle To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $2,700
Mundijong Community Association Incorporated Mundijong To develop an ANZAC commemorative walk in the township of Mundijong. This will include an upgrade of the existing memorial and environs, the installation of 20 First World War plaques and the construction of shelters featuring commemorative panels. $98,199
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Western Australian Branch Incorporated Mount Hawthorn To upgrade computer equipment to produce a newsletter and to improve electronic communication with members. $3,573
Total Grants - VIC - 15 Total $ 104,472
National Total: 32   974,255

 

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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