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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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Thursday, 12 February 2015
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VETERAN HEALTH AND WELLBEING PROJECTS GET FUNDING BOOST

Forty projects that benefit the veteran and defence communities have received a funding boost under the Australian Government’s Veteran and Community Grants program.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator Michael Ronaldson, said the grants, worth $681,368, are supporting organisations across the country to continue to conduct a range of activities, programs and services that enrich the quality of life of our veterans and their families.

“These activities, programs and services will enrich the lives of Australian veterans, war widows, widowers and their families,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“A new bus to help transport veterans to commemorative events and social functions, upgrades to RSL facilities and the establishment of a drop-in centre are just some of the projects to receive funding.

“These grants will make a real difference in helping our veterans, particularly the elderly, remain independent, healthy and active,” Senator Ronaldson said.

Other grants will help ex-service organisations to upgrade their office equipment and to conduct necessary renovations and improve their facilities. 

“The ongoing commitment of the men and women behind these organisations is invaluable and they are to be commended for their efforts. The day-to-day support they provide to our veteran and defence communities is immeasurable and should never be underestimated,” Senator Ronaldson said.

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: A list of grant recipients in each state is attached. 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: Mark Lee 02 6277 7820 or 0408 547 381
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

VETERAN AND COMMUNITY GRANTS 2014-15 FUNDING ROUNDS 3 & 4

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Vietnam Veterans and Veterans Federation ACT Incorporated Page Fraser To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $13,350
Total Grants - ACT - 1 Total $13,350     
NEW SOUTH WALES
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Avalon Beach RSL Sub­branch of the RSL of Australia (NSW Branch) Avalon Beach Mackellar To purchase a public address system to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $2,644
Blue Mountains Vietnam Veterans & Associated Forces Incorporated Springwood Macquarie To establish a new Drop­In Centre for the benefit of the veteran community. $18,006
Bundeena RSL Sub­branch Bundeena Cunningham To upgrade the access lift at the entrance of the Sub­branch to provide improved access and safety for frail and disabled members. $36,300
Kendall Men's Shed Incorporated Kendall Lyne To purchase tools and equipment to facilitate activities provided by the Men's Shed. $5,839
Kendall RSL Sub­branch Kendall Lyne To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,220
National Servicemen’s Association of Australia Gold Coast South / Twin Towns Branch Tweed Heads Richmond To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $1,650
RAAF Association Coffs Harbour & District Branch Coffs Harbour Plaza Cowper To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $9,280
Returned and Services League of Australia Byron Bay Sub­branch Byron Bay Richmond To purchase a public address system to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $5,223
Veterans Centre Mid North Coast Sawtell Cowper To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $9,280
Weston Sub­branch of The Returned and Service League of Australia NSW Branch Weston Hunter To purchase a public address system to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $1,990
Oaklands and District Mens Shed Incorporated Oaklands Farrer To purchase tools and equipment to facilitate activities provided by the Men's Shed. $14,582
The Trustee for RSL Welfare and Benevolent Institution Sydney Sydney To upgrade a photocopier to enhance the production of a newsletter. $19,229
Total Grants - NSW - 12 Total $127,243
QUEENSLAND
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Palm Beach / Currumbin Legacy Laurel Club Currumbin McPherson To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,730
Queensland RSL Bowls Association Sunshine Coast Zone Golden Beach Fisher To undertake a series of bus trips to regular bowls matches to facilitate social and healthy lifestyle activities provided for the veteran community. $7,843
RAAF Radschool Association Chermside West Lilley To purchase computer equipment to enhance production of a newsletter. $3,297
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Townsville Sub­branch Incorporated Hermit Park Herbert To purchase a replacement bus for transporting veterans to commemorative and social functions. $103,996
War Widows’ Guild Maroochydore & District Sub­branch Maroochydore Fairfax To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $5,220
Total Grants - QLD - 5 Total $124,086
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Returned Services’ League (Keith Sub­branch) Incorporated Keith Barker To upgrade the kitchen and toilet facilities in the Keith RSL Memorial Hall to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $62,520
The Royal Australian Regiment Association SA Branch Incorporated Linden Park Sturt To refurbish the Association's clubrooms to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $14,619
Returned and Services League West Croydon and Kilkenny Sub­branch Incorporated West Croydon Port Adelaide To upgrade the kitchen facilities at the RSL Clubrooms to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $54,488
Tanunda RSL Sub­branch Tanunda Barker To purchase audio­visual equipment to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $9,157
Total Grants – SA – 4 Total $140,784
VICTORIA
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub­branch VVAA VIC Greensborough Jagajaga To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $12,400
East Gippsland Totally & Permanently Incapacitated Social Club Paynesville Gippsland To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter. $5,670
Epping RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Epping Scullin To refurbish the bowling green to enhance and expand activities provided for the veteran community. $139,128
Freedom Day Club Dandenong Bruce To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $5,190
Inverloch Bowling Club Incorporated Inverloch McMillan To purchase new tables and chairs to enhance and expand activities provided for the veteran community. $7,480
Ti Tree Day Club Mentone Isaacs To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,800
Torquay Laurel Group Torquay Corangamite To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $4,630
Traralgon RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Traralgon Gippsland To purchase a public address system to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $6,630
Total Grants - VIC - 8 Total $184,928
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
City of Cockburn Sub­branch Returned and Services League Hamilton Hill Fremantle To purchase an audio system to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $4,535
Dumbleyung & District Men’s Shed Incorporated Dumbleyung O'Connor To purchase a log splitter for the Dumbleyung Men's Shed to supplement heating and expand activities provided for the local veteran community. $1,900
RAAF Vietnam Veterans’ Association of WA Incorporated Bull Creek Tangney To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter. $4,519
Returned and Services League Manjimup Sub­branch Manjimup O'Connor To purchase audio­visual equipment to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $2,077
Returned Services League Kwinana Sub­branch Medina Brand To upgrade kitchen facilities in the Kwinana RSL Hall and to purchase tables and chairs for the benefit of the veteran community. $10,956
The Army Museum of Western Australia Foundation Fremantle Fremantle To upgrade the kitchen facilities of the Museum's former Army Officers Mess to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $33,913
The Partners of Veterans Association of Western Australia Incorporated Perth Perth To purchase equipment to establish a function room to enhance and expand activities for the veteran community. $2,213
Victoria Park RSL Sub­branch East Victoria Park Swan To purchase a refrigerator, an outdoor barbecue kitchen and furniture to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $9,814
Returned and Services League of Australia Mt Barker Sub­branch Incorporated Mt Barker O'Connor To purchase a public address system to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $3,574
Wundowie and Districts Mens Shed Incorporated Wundowie Pearce To purchase tools and equipment to enhance activities provided by the Men's Shed. $17,476
Total Grants - WA - 10 Total $90,977
Other States and Territories :  NIL  
National Total: 40 $681,368

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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