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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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Monday, 17 November 2014
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PROJECTS SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS RECEIVE FUNDING

Organisations across the nation that provide vital services and support to our veteran and defence communities will receive a welcome funding boost under the Government’s Veteran and Community Grants program.

I am pleased to announce that 59 organisations who are concerned with the health and welfare of our veteran community will share in more than $884,000 in funding that will enable them to conduct a range of activities, programs and projects.

The funding will help organisations to host seminars and bus trips, which will bring their members together and provide essential social interaction, especially for elderly members who may live alone.

It will also help organisations to purchase critical equipment such as defibrillators, upgrade their office equipment and to conduct necessary renovations and improve their facilities. 

These activities, programs and projects will enrich the lives of Australian veterans, war widows, widowers and their families and help them, especially the elderly, to remain independent, healthy and active.

The ongoing commitment of the men and women behind these organisations is invaluable to the veteran community. The day-to-day support they provide to our veteran and defence communities is immeasurable and should never be underestimated.

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.

I encourage any eligible groups to consider how a grant could help deliver care and support to their local veteran and defence communities and apply for the next funding round.

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: All figures are GST inclusive. In accordance with the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines, approved grants will be added to the list on the DVA website within 14 days of the funding agreement between DVA and the organisation taking effect.

Media inquiries: 
Minister Ronaldson: Jordi Procel 02 6277 7820 or 0448 232 908
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

NEW SOUTH WALES
Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Mt Kuring-gai Parkes To purchase a defibrillator and to conduct first­aid training courses for members. $5,470
Casino Page To purchase a public address system to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $3,929
Bowraville Cowper To upgrade the roof and install heating and cooling for the wellbeing of the veteran and local community. $60,242
Grafton Page To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $2,090
Nelson Bay Paterson To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,200
Richmond Macquarie To refurbish the kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $5,829
Wamberal Dobell To upgrade computing equipment to enhance the production of a newsletter and to maintain a website. $7,094
Newcastle Newcastle To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $14,756
Long Jetty Dobell To purchase a public address system to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $4,820
Tocumwal Farrer To refurbish the roof and kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $69,801
Toukley Dobell To purchase a new bus for transporting veterans to commemorative and social functions as well as on day trips. $59,435

Total Grants - NSW - 11

Total $236,666

QUEENSLAND
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Bremer River Day Club Incorporated North Ipswich Blair To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $5,280
Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia Queensland Division Wurtulla Fisher To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter. $1,339
Kilcoy RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Kilcoy Blair To upgrade kitchen and dining facilities to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $18,893
Manly Lota RSL Manly Bonner To upgrade existing toilet facilities and construct a wheelchair ramp. $49,951
National Malaya/Borneo Veterans Association Queensland Incorporated Sunshine Coast Sub­branch Palmwoods Fairfax To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,000
Naval Association of Australia Brisbane Sub­section Incorporated Wavell Heights Lilley To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $9,050
Naval Association of Australia Coral Coast Sub­section Rubyanna Hinkler To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation and to upgrade computer equipment for the production of a newsletter. $12,890
Tewantin Noosa Legacy Laurel Club Tewantin Wide Bay To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $7,620
Veterans’ Support Centre Lockyer/Brisbane Valley Incorporated Laidley Wright To purchase computer equipment and a photocopier for the production of a newsletter. $12,286
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Queensland Branch Brisbane North Incorporated Murrumba Downs Dickson To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $2,882
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Sunshine Coast Sub­branch Incorporated Quilpie Maranoa To purchase five air conditioners for the Alaric Veterans Retreat to improve services provided for the veteran community. $8,618
Total Grants - QLD - 11 Total $131,809
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
8 Field Ambulance Association (SVN) 1967-1972 Mount Barker Mayo To purchase computer equipment and a photocopier for the production of a newsletter. $9,111
Legacy Club of Adelaide Incorporated Adelaide Adelaide To install two defibrillators in Legacy House for the wellbeing of the veteran community. $3,690
Naval Association of Australia - Port Adelaide Sub­section Incorporated Port Adelaide Port Adelaide To upgrade the toilet facilities of the clubrooms for the benefit of the veteran community. $54,763
Port Vincent Memorial Bowling Club Incorporated Port Vincent Grey To upgrade the kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $42,420
The Returned and Services League of Australia (SA Branch) Incorporated Adelaide Adelaide To provide a series of information seminars for the veteran community regarding the causes and treatments for pain arising from arthritis and musculoskeletal injuries. $4,400
Total Grants - SA - 5 Total $114,384
TASMANIA
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Fingal RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Fingal Lyons To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $350
Launceston Sub­branch of Tasmanian Branch of Returned and Services League of Australia Launceston Sth Bass To replace carpets in the RSL clubrooms to improve safety and comfort for the veteran community. $4,350
RSL Women's Auxiliary Tasmanian State Branch New Town Denison To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $2,985
Sorell RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Sorell Lyons To replace ageing carpets to improve safety and enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $8,983
Spring Bay RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Triabunna Lyons To purchase 250 function chairs to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $4,995
Total Grants - TAS - 5 Total $21,663
VICTORIA
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Apollo Bay RSL Sub­branch Apollo Bay Corangamite To refurbish the kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $14,307
Balwyn War Widows & Widowed Mothers Association Box Hill Chisholm To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $2,024
Ben's Shed Incorporated Yarra Junction Casey To install air-conditioning in the Men's Shed for the wellbeing of the local veteran community. $8,800
Bluestone Day Club Coburg Wills To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $2,245
Coburg RSL Sub­branch Coburg Wills To refurbish the clubrooms to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $71,509
Creswick/Smeaton RSL Sub­branch Building Patriotic Fund Creswick Ballarat To construct an access ramp for the disabled for the safety and benefit of the veteran community. $15,155
Ex­Prisoners of War and Relatives Association (Victoria) Melbourne Melbourne To develop and establish an internet website to expand the activities provided to the local veteran community. $2,000
Hamilton RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Hamilton Wannon To purchase a public address system to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $3,119
Hopetoun RSL Sub­branch Hopetoun Mallee To upgrade the kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $31,427
Lara RSL Sub­branch Lara Corio To purchase an audio­visual system to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $9,165
Mildura TPI/EDA Social Club Mildura Mallee To purchase equipment to facilitate bus trip programs and to undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $5,912
Mirboo North RSL Sub­branch Mirboo North McMillan To refurbish the clubroom roof to sustain activities provided to the veteran community. $18,150
Port Fairy Men's Shed Port Fairy Wannon To purchase equipment to facilitate activities provided by the Men's Shed. $6,649
RAAF Association (Victorian Division) Hawthorn East Kooyong To upgrade the Association's internet website to improve services and online interaction with the veteran community. $8,272
River Day Club Maribyrnong Maribyrnong To purchase new equipment to improve safety and enhance the programs provided by the Day Club. $2,200
Simpson & District Community Centre Incorporated Simpson Wannon To upgrade the kitchen facilities and purchase equipment to facilitate activities provided by the Men's Shed. $15,048
Terang RSL Sub­branch Terang Wannon To purchase a public address system to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $3,119
V.V. Holdings Pty Ltd (trading as Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club Incorporated) Greta South Indi To purchase first aid equipment and defibrillator, a BBQ and power generator to support activities provided for the local veteran community. $11,411
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia – Melton Sub­branch Melton Gorton To construct a barbeque area to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $6,245
Wodonga RSL Sub­branch Wodonga Indi To purchase outdoor furniture to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $15,041
Total Grants - VIC - 20 Total $251,798
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Australian Ex­Services Atomic Survivors Association Incorporated Canning Vale Tangney To purchase a public address system to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $500
Gosnell’s Community Men’s Shed Incorporated Gosnells Hasluck To purchase tools and equipment for the Men's Shed to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $50,000
Returned and Services League Dawesville Sub­branch Dawesville Canning To purchase a self­contained mobile catering unit to support activities provided for the veteran community. $14,130
The Port Kennedy RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Port Kennedy Brand To purchase new tables and chairs and upgrade carpets for the benefit of members. $34,227
Toodyay RSL Sub­branch Toodyay Pearce To purchase a portable public address system and audio­visual equipment to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $11,127
TPI Association of WA Bull Creek Tangney To install a defibrillator in the Association's clubrooms for the wellbeing of the veteran community. $1,900
WA RSL Bowls Section Yokine Stirling To assist with bus hire and promotional costs for the 48th National Lawn Bowls Carnival. $15,997
Total Grants - WA - 7 Total $127,881
Other States and Territories :  NIL    
National Total: 59 National Total $884,201

 

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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