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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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2 December 2016

Supporting veterans and communities

The Government will honour veterans in towns and cities around Australia with more than $530,000 in grants to ex-service organisations for community projects.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the latest round of 32 grants under the Veteran and Community Grants program would benefit veterans, their families and communities.

“These grants will fund a diverse range of projects and equipment, including facilities upgrades to improve venue accessibility, computer equipment and social outings,” Mr Tehan said.

“As a nation we must never forget the service and sacrifice of the men and women who serve in defence of our nation. The support provided through these grants complements efforts underway at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to transform services to the veteran community and their families.”

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.

For more information or to apply visit the DVA website (www.dva.gov.au/consultation-and-grants/grants).

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

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: 02 6277 7820
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203



VETERAN AND COMMUNITY GRANTS 2016-17 FUNDING ROUND TWO

NEW SOUTH WALES
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount
Cardiff RSL Sub­branch Cardiff Shortland To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $7,718.18
City of Albury RSL Sub­branch Albury Farrer To upgrade the kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $64,000.00
Doyalson-Wyee RSL Sub­branch Doyalson Shortland To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $12,599.09
Greenwell Point Men's Shed Greenwell Point Gilmore To purchase a defibrillator and safe tools to support the wellbeing of members. $8,864.00
Legacy Club of Albury Albury Farrer To purchase new chairs suitable for the elderly to enhance the programs provided by the club. $9,954.55
Menai Men's Shed Incorporated Barden Ridge Hughes To purchase tools and equipment to facilitate activities provided by the Men's Shed. $5,060.34
National Servicemen's Association of Australia Incorporated Long Jetty Dobell To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter. $1,300.00
NSW RSL Bowls Association Zone 8 Wingham Lyne To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $13,036.36
The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia NSW Branch Incorporated Coffs Harbour Cowper To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,740.00
Vietnam Veterans South West NSW & Wagga Incorporated Wagga Wagga Riverina To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $16,610.00
Total Grants - NSW - 10 Total $142,882.52
QUEENSLAND
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount
National Servicemens Association of Australia Bundaberg Branch Bundaberg Hinkler To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $4,625.00
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Deception Bay Sub­branch Incorporated Deception Bay Petrie To purchase three cabinets to support the establishment of a lending library at the Sub­branch. $3,897.27
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Manly-Lota Sub­branch Incorporated Manly Bonner To install air­conditioning in the Sub­branch for the wellbeing of the local veteran community. $37,800.40
The Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex Service Men and Women (Queensland Branch) Gold Coast District and Tweed Heads Centre Sub­branch Incorporated Broadbeach Moncrieff To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $1,854.55
The Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Servicemen and Women (Toowoomba Sub­branch Inc.) Toowoomba Groom To purchase computer equipment, software and internet security to continue production of a newsletter. $4,430.00
Vietnam Veteran’s Association of Australia (Noosa Sub­branch) Incorporated Tewantin Wide Bay To purchase portable fridges to support activities provided by the Sub­branch. $2,500.00
Total Grants - QLD - 6 Total $55,107.22
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount
RSL South Australia Inc - ANZAC Remembrance Appeal 1965 Trust Fund Incorporated Adelaide Adelaide To provide veterans and their families with advice, information and support regarding the use of digital technology. $45,445.45
Legacy Club of Adelaide Incorporated Adelaide Adelaide To undertake a series of bus trips for war widows to reduce social isolation. $32,918.18
McLaren Vale & District RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Mclaren Vale Mayo To upgrade facilities to enhance activities provided for the veteran community and coordinate a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $20,385.00
Murraylands Community Men's Shed Incorporated Murray Bridge East Barker To purchase tools and equipment for the Men's Shed to improve safety and expand the programs provided to members. $18,424.55
Returned and Services League Unley Sub­branch Incorporated Unley Adelaide To install air­conditioning in the Sub­branch clubrooms for the wellbeing of the local veteran community. $46,398.00
RSL Lawn Bowls Association of SA Eden Hills Boothby To provide bus transport for members of the veteran community during the 50th National RSL Lawn Bowls Carnival. $17,275.00
RSL South Australia Inc - ANZAC Remembrance Appeal 1965 Trust Fund Incorporated Edinburgh Parks Wakefield To refurbish buildings at the Peter Badcoe VC Centre to expand the activities provided for the veteran community. $45,454.55
Vietnam Veterans Federation South Australian Branch Incorporated Allawoona Barker To upgrade facilities at the Camp Andrew Russell veterans retreat to provide a safe and hygienic environment for the veteran community. $13,153.00
Total Grants - SA - 8 Total $239,453.73
TASMANIA
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount
Royal Australian Air Force Association TAS Division Hobart Denison To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $4,090.91
Total Grants - TAS - 1 Total $4,090.91
VICTORIA
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Balwyn War Widows & Widowed Mother's Association Box Hill Chisholm To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $2,068.00
Emerald RSL Sub­branch Emerald La Trobe To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $5,300.00
Greensborough Legacy Widows Club Greensborough Jagajaga To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,113.00
Hastings RSL Sub­branch Hastings Flinders To purchase new equipment to enhance the programs provided by the Sub­branch. $42,031.00
Whirlybird Day Club Dandenong Bruce To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $5,960.00
Total Grants - VIC - 5 Total $58,472.00
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
2/4th Machine Gun Battalion (AIF) Ex­Members Association Como Swan To assist with the development of the association's website. $9,260.00
Roleystone Men's Community Shed Incorporated Roleystone Canning To purchase equipment for the Men's Shed to expand the programs provided to members. $28,224.65
Total Grants - WA - 2 Total $37,484.65
Northern Territory: NIL  
National Total: 32 Total $537,491.03

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.