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The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Human Services
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

8 December 2015

Community grants boost veteran health and wellbeing projects

The Government has recently awarded over $822,000 to ex-service organisations around Australia to support community projects that will enhance the lives of many in the veteran community.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Stuart Robert, said he was pleased to support 45 grants that would directly benefit veterans and their families.

“Funding provided under the Veteran and Community Grants programme will enrich the lives of Australian veterans and their families and help them, especially the elderly, to remain independent, healthy and active and help reduce social isolation, especially for those who may live alone,” Mr Robert said.

“This round of grants will fund a diverse range of projects and equipment including the upgrade of kitchen facilities, the purchase of a multi-purpose trailer with cooking facilities and storage, and installation of air conditioning.

“Other grants will help veterans to stay in touch and reduce social isolation by funding bus trips, the upgrade of an internet website and the purchase of computers to produce member newsletters.”

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 programme. For more information or to apply visit the DVA website.

A list of grant recipients in each state is attached. All figures are GST exclusive.

Media enquiries:
Richard Briedis (Minister Robert) 0477 391 174
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veteran and Community Grants 2015-16 Funding Round Two

New South Wales
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
City of Albury Sub­branch of The Returned And Services League of Australia New South Wales Branch Albury Farrer To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter. $2,798
Kingscliff RSL Sub­branch Kingscliff Richmond To install reverse cycle air­conditioning in the Sub­branch for the wellbeing of the local veteran community. $6,000
Milton Ulladulla Sub­branch RSL Miranda Cook To purchase a replacement bus for transporting veterans to commemorative and social functions. $97,558
NSW National Servicemen's Association & Affiliates Incorporated - Great Lakes Sub­branch Forster Paterson To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $16,950
Taree Legacy Laurel Club Taree Lyne To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $2,450
Terrigal Wamberal RSL Wamberal Dobell To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $6,090
Vietnam Veterans Motor Cycle Club Australia Sydney Chapter Menai Hughes To purchase new outdoor tables, chairs and a freezer to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $6,287
Total Grants - NSW - 8 Total $140,122
Northern Territory
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Darwin North RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Marrara Solomon To install a new children's playground with shade canopy and fence in the grounds of the Sub­branch. $32,455
Total Grants - NT - 1 Total $32,455
Queensland
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
I.B.I.S. Day Club Sandgate Sandgate Lilley To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $4,990
Naval Association of Australia Sunshine Coast Sub­section Incorporated Caloundra Fisher To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $2,200
Returned & Services League of Australia (QLD Branch) Bundaberg Sub­branch Incorporated Bundaberg Hinkler To purchase a new bus for transporting veterans to social and commemorative functions. $44,090
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Mudjimba Sub­branch Incorporated Mudjimba Fairfax To purchase a replacement vehicle for transporting veterans to social and commemorative functions. $8,182
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Redland Bay South Sub­b ranch Incorporated Redland Bay Bowman To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $4,200
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Redland Bay South Sub­branch Incorporated Redland Bay Bowman To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter. $2,424
Vietnam Veteran's Association of Australia Bundaberg & District Sub­branch Incorporated Bundaberg Hinkler To upgrade kitchen facilities to support a programme of 'Cooking for One or Two' courses. $24,985
Total Grants - Qld -7 Total $91,071
South Australia
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Ardrossan RSL Sub­branch Androssan Grey To provide disabled toilet facilities for the benefit of the veteran community. $13,558
Burnside Prospect Branch of the RAAF Association of SA Incorporated Adelaide Adelaide To purchase computer eguipment for the production of a newsletter for the veteran community. $2,207
Coober Pedy RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Coober Pedy Grey To upgrade the existing toilets to incorporate disabled facilities, provide improved access and increase capacity. $43,200
Port Broughton RSL Sub­branch Port Broughton Grey To install air­conditioning in the RSL clubrooms to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $14,597
Returned and Services League (Blackwood & Districts) Sub­branch Incorporated Blackwood Boothby To upgrade equipment and floor coverings in the kitchen of the Sub­branch to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $43,595
Returned and Services League (Morphett Vale and District Sub­branch) Incorporated Morphett Vale Kingston To install automatic sliding doors and purchase new chairs and a public address system to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $20,068
Returned and Services League Murray Bridge Sub­branch Incorporated Murray Bridge East Barker To upgrade the kitchen facilities and refurbish the bowling green of the Sub­branch. $55,869
South Coast Veterans Association Incorporated Victor Harbor Mayo To purchase a multi­purpose trailer with cooking and storage facilities to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $17,715
The Returned and Services League of Australia Moonta Sub­branch Moonta Grey To upgrade the kitchen facilities of the Moonta RSL Hall to enhance services provided for the veteran community. $9,958
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia South Australian Branch Incorporated Moonta Grey To install air­conditioning in the function area of the VVAA Copper Coast Sub­branch. $5,364
Vietnam Veterans Federation South Australian Branch Incorporated Warradale Boothby To conduct a series of bus trips for veterans, partners and carers to reduce social isolation. $7,265
Total Grants - SA -11 Total $233,295
Tasmania
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Kingston Beach RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Kingston Beach Franklin To purchase a new refrigerator to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $3,195
Rosebery District RSL Sub­branch Rosebery Braddon To replace floor coverings in the RSL clubrooms to improve safety for the veteran community. $18,495
Tasmania R&SLA Bowls Association Incorporated Launceston Bass To assist with coach hire and promotional costs for the 49th National RSL Lawn Bowls Carnival. $14,413
The War Widows’ Guild of Australia Tasmanian Branch Incorporated Hobart Denison To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $2,000
Westbury Sub­branch RSL Incorporated Westbury Lyons To upgrade the toilets of the Sub­branch and improve disabled access for the veteran community. $24,960
Total Grants - Tas -5 Total $62,963
Victoria
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Cheviot Day Club Rye Flinders To purchase new equipment to enhance the programmes provided by the Day Club. $2,012
Dandenong Ranges RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Sassafras La Trobe To upgrade the clubroom to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $70,440
East Gippsland TPI Social Club Bairnsdale Gippsland To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $11,280
Golden Wattle Day Club East Malvern Higgins To purchase new equipment to enhance the programmes provided by the Day Club. $2,883
Merbein RSL Sub­branch Merbein Mallee To upgrade existing toilet facilities for the wellbeing of the veteran community. $67,068
Port Phillip Men's Shed Association Incorporated South Melbourne Melbourne Ports To purchase tools and equipment to facilitate activities provided by the Men's Shed. $13,042
Rokewood RSL Sub­branch Building Patriotic Fund Rokewood Corangamite To upgrade existing toilet facilities for the wellbeing of the veteran community. $13,770
Valley Day Club Traralgon Gippsland To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,751
Victorian Association of Jewish Ex & Servicemen & Women Australia Incorporated Caulfield South Melbourne Ports To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter. $6,848
Victorian Association of Jewish Ex & Servicemen & Women Australia Incorporated Caulfield South Melbourne Ports To upgrade the Association's internet website to expand the activities provided to the local veteran community. $16,775
Total Grants - Vic -10 Total $207,879
Western Australia
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Albany MenShed Incorporated Albany O'Connor To purchase tools and equipment for the Men's Shed to enhance the programmes provided to members. $25,128
The Australian Ex­Services Atomic Survivors' Association Incorporated Canning Vale Tangney To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter. $3,658
Veterans Retreats of Western Australia Incorporated Marble Bar Durack To establish disability access throughout the retreat camp site at Meentheena Station including pathways and a shower and toilet block. $25,745
Total Grants - WA -3 Total $54,532
Other States and Territories: Nil  
National Total - 45 $822,317

 

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