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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

23 January 2016

Veterans to benefit from latest round of community grants

Kitchen refurbishments, installation of disabled amenities and bus trips to reduce social isolation are some of the projects to receive about $320,000 in funding as part of the Veteran and Community Grants program, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Stuart Robert, announced today.

“Funding provided under the Veteran and Community Grants program continues to help ex-service organisations provide high quality services and support to the veteran and defence community and their families,” Mr Robert said.

“It 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.

“This round of 20 grants will fund a diverse range of projects and equipment needed by the veteran and defence community who provide a central hub of support, recreation and comradeship for so many of our current and former servicemen and women 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.

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 Three
New South Wales
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Albury & District Ex­Service Women's Association Albury Farrer To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $5,269
Forster Tuncurry Sub­branch RSL Forster Paterson To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter. $9,815
Gunnedah RSL Sub­branch Gunnedah New England To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,714
Nepean Wives of Vietnam Veterans Women's Support Group St Marys Lindsay To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $2,970
Ourimbah Lisarow RSL Ourimbah Dobell To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $4,800
Penrith City Sub­branch National Servicemen's Association of Australia Whalan Chifley To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $14,520
Total Grants - NSW - 6 Total $41,088
Queensland
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Naval Association Bundamba Sub­section Goodna Oxley To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $6,948
Vietnam Veteran's Association of Australia (Noosa Sub­branch) Incorporated Tewantin Wide Bay To purchase marquees, folding tables and chairs to support activities provided by the Sub­branch. $5,946
Total Grants - Qld - 2 Total $12,894
South Australia
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Brighton Sub­branch RSL Incorporated Brighton Boothby To install air­conditioning in the Sub­branch hall for the wellbeing of the local veteran community. $17,384
Returned and Services League (Magill) Sub­branch Incorporated Magill Sturt To purchase a new oven range to enhance a meals program provided for the veteran community. $7,931
RSL Colonel Light Gardens Sub­branch Incorporated Colonel Light Gardens Boothby To install a toilet for the disabled and upgrade existing toilet facilities for the benefit of the veteran community. $40,909
Total Grants - SA - 3 Total $66,224
Tasmania
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Claremont Sub­branch and Club of the Returned Services League of Australia Incorporated Claremont Denison To install automatic sliding doors within the clubroom premises to assist frail and disabled members. $8,941
Glenorchy RSL Bowls Club Glenorchy Denison To upgrade the climate control system in the clubrooms for the benefit of the veteran community. $6,917
Returned and Services League of Australia (Tasmania Branch) Incorporated New Town Denison To install a toilet for the disabled for the benefit of the veteran community. $29,773
Scottsdale RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Scottsdale Bass To refurbish the roof and install disabled toilet facilities for the benefit of members. $25,909
Total Grants - Tas - 4 Total $71,540
Victoria
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Peninsula Young Veterans Wellbeing Centre Incorporated Bittern Flinders To undertake a series of bus trips to planned activities to reduce social isolation. $1,000
Red Cliffs Irymple RSL Sub­branch Red Cliffs Mallee To refurbish the kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $13,950
Warrnambool RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Warrnambool Wannon To upgrade the activities room and toilet facilities for the benefit of the veteran community. $60,796
Total Grants - Vic - 3 Total $75,746
Western Australia
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Bunbury Men's Shed Incorporated South Bunbury Forrest To purchase tools and equipment to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $30,307
Ellenbrook & Districts Men's Shed Association Incorporated Ellenbrook Pearce To install a dust extraction system for the health and safety of the veteran community. $21,784
Total Grants - WA - 2 Total $52,091
Other States and Territories: Nil  
National Total - 20 $319,582

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