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Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State

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Wednesday, 7 May 2014
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GRANTS BOOST QUALITY OF LIFE FOR VETERAN COMMUNITY

Nineteen projects enriching the quality of lives of veterans across the country have received funding worth $236,294 as part of the Veteran and Community Grants program, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson announced today.

Senator Ronaldson said some of the projects included: the purchase of computer equipment and the establishment of websites to help members of ex-service organisations stay connected; cooking classes to enable veterans to prepare healthy meals at home; and bus trips to reduce social isolation.

"The Australian Government is pleased to support projects that directly benefit the defence and veteran community. I congratulate each of the successful organisations on their ongoing dedication to these invaluable initiatives," 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 RSLs and many other veteran and defence community organisations provide a central hub of support, recreation and comradeship for so many current and former servicemen and women and their families.

"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, as well as assisting in attracting the next generation of members," 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 FOUR

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Recipient Location Funding Description Amount $
Vietnam Veterans and Veterans Federation ACT Incorporated Page To deliver two cooking classes to enable veterans to prepare healthy meals at home. $1,880
Total Grants - ACT - 1 Total $ 1,880
NEW SOUTH WALES
Recipient Location Funding Description Amount $
AFC and RAAF Association (Port Macquarie Sub­branch) Port Macquarie To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $9,750
Air Dispatch Association of Australia Incorporated Mt Kuring-gai To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $28,000
City of Penrith RSL Sub­branch Penrith To purchase new equipment to enhance the programs provided by the Day Club. $10,130
Iraq Afghanistan and Middle East Veterans Association of Australia Nowra To develop and establish an internet website and purchase promotional merchandise to establish and expand activities provided to the local veteran community. $5,010
Nowra Greenwell Point RSL Sub­branch Nowra To purchase audio­visual and outdoor equipment to enhance the activities provided to the veteran community. $15,719
Picton­Thirlmere-Bargo RSL Sub­branch Thirlmere To upgrade the roof of the Sub­branch to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $60,750
Total Grants - NSW - 6 Total $ 129,359
QUEENSLAND
Recipient Location Funding Description Amount $
2nd Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment Association Incorporated Cotton Tree To develop a new internet website to enhance the activities provided to veteran community members. $6,930
Returned and Services League of Australia (Qld Branch) Beenleigh and District Sub­branch Incorporated Mount Warren Park To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,000
Total Grants - QLD - 2 Total $ 9,930
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Recipient Location Funding Description Amount $
Barmera RSL Sub­branch Barmera To purchase computer equipment for the production of a monthly newsletter. $5,117
McLaren Vale & District RSL Sub­branch Incorporated McLaren Vale To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter. $3,088
Returned & Services League (Meningie Sub­branch) Incorporated Meningie To install new toilet facilities for the benefit of the veteran community. $41,652
Returned and Services League Unley Sub­branch Incorporated Unley To upgrade audio visual equipment to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $6,770
Returned Services League Willunga and District Sub­branch Incorporated Nowra To purchase audio­visual and outdoor equipment to enhance the activities provided to the veteran community. $15,719
Picton­Thirlmere-Bargo RSL Sub­branch Willunga To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter $5,334
Total Grants - SA - 5 Total $ 61,691
VICTORIA
Recipient Location Funding Description Amount $
Dingley Legacy Widows Club Cheltenham To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,421
Moe RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Moe To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $18,700
Returned Service League Ballan Sub­branch Incorporated Ballan To install air-conditioning in the Sub­branch for the wellbeing of the local veteran community. $4,900
Royal Australian Electrical Mechanical Engineers Association (Vic) Incorporated Berwick To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter. $3,702
RSL Orbost Sub­branch General Orbost To refurbish the kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $2,411
Total Grants - VIC - 5 Total $ 33,164
Other States and Territories: NIL    
National Total: 19 National Total $ 236,294

 

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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