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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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6 September 2016

Veterans’ grants build community connection

Ex-service organisations will share more than $600,000 to enhance the lives of those in the veteran community.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the latest round of 35 grants under the Veteran and Community Grants program would directly benefit veterans and their families.

“These grants will assist members of the veteran community to remain independent, healthy and active as well as helping reduce social isolation, especially for those who live alone,” Mr Tehan said.

“This round of grants will fund a diverse range of projects and equipment, including facilities upgrades to improve venue accessibility, computer equipment and social outings.

“As a nation we must never forget the service and sacrifice of the men and women who serve in defence of our nation. We honour that service in many ways and these grants will make a meaningful difference at a community level to improve the lives of our veterans.”

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:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

State Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
NSW Nelson Bay RSL Diggers Bowling Club Nelson Bay Paterson To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $4,350
NSW Narrabeen RSL Sub­branch Narrabeen Mackellar To purchase a public address system to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $9,463
NSW Brisbane Water (NSW) Legacy Club Point Frederick Robertson To purchase a new bus for transporting veterans to commemorative and social functions. $107,644
NSW Naval Association of Australia - Rooty Hill & District Sub­section Whalan Chifley To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $9,364
NSW South West Rocks RSL Sub­branch South West Rocks Cowper To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter and Day Club use. $5,715
NSW The Walers RSL Day Club Richmond Macquarie To upgrade the kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $39,711
NSW Townsend Men's and Women's Shed Townsend Page To purchase tools and equipment for the Men's and Women's Shed to expand the programs provided to members. $9,545
NSW Cowra RSL Sub­branch Cowra Riverina To refurbish the kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $8,511
NSW Albury North Manual Activities Centre Incorporated Lavington Farrer To purchase tools and equipment for the Men's Shed to expand the programs provided to members. $11,698
NSW Brunswick Heads - Billinudgel RSL Sub­branch Brunswick Head Richmond To repair the roof of the Sub­branch for the safety and benefit of the veteran community. $6,851
QLD RAAF Association Toowoomba Branch Toowoomba Groom To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $10,555
QLD RAAF Radschool Association Chermside West Lilley To purchase computer equipment to sustain production of a magazine. $3,896
QLD Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Tramways Sub­branch Geebung Ryan To purchase computer equipment to sustain production of a newsletter. $349
QLD The Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex Servicemen and Women (Redcliffe Sub­branch) Incorporated Redcliffe Petrie To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $8,225
QLD Totally and Permanently Disabled Ex Servicepersons Association (Townsville) Incorporated South Townsville Herbert To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $26,106
SA Legacy Club of Adelaide Incorporated Adelaide Adelaide To upgrade the kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $8,206
SA Peterborough Sub­branch Returned Services League of Australia Peterborough Grey To create a covered walkway linking the clubrooms with the toilets and an outdoor entertainment area to enhance outdoor activities for the veteran community. $17,588
SA Pinnaroo Returned and Services League Sub­branch Pinnaroo Barker To install air­conditioning in the Sub­branch clubrooms for the wellbeing of the local veteran community. $10,505
SA Returned & Services League Payneham Sub­branch Incorporated Payneham Sturt To install an outdoor pergola and purchase tables and chairs to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $59,339
SA Royal Australian Air Force Association Mitcham Branch Incorporated Hawthorn Boothby To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $4,000
VIC AMC/LSI Association Vic Blackburn Deakin To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter. $5,852
VIC Bluebird Day Club Clayton Chisholm To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,120
VIC Bright RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Bright Indi To refurbish the kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $33,525
VIC Darebin RSL over 50s Club Preston Batman To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $12,938
VIC Echuca Regional Veterans Welfare Centre Echuca Murray To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $8,085
VIC Ivanhoe RSL Club Ivanhoe Jagajaga To refurbish the floor coverings for the safety and benefit of the veteran community. $18,800
VIC Mildura Bowls Club Incorporated Mildura Mallee To purchase shade shelters to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $23,565
VIC Mornington Peninsula Legacy Club Incorporated Mt Eliza Dunkley To purchase chairs, tables and a television to enhance the programs provided by the Club. $8,909
VIC Upwey Belgrave RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Upwey La Trobe To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $5,885
VIC Whitehorse Day Club Box Hill Chisholm To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $10,108
WA City of Rockingham RSL Sub­branch Point Peron Brand To upgrade the kitchen and dining facilities at the Sub­branch clubrooms. $46,299
WA Fremantle Men's Community Shed Incorporated White Gum Valley Fremantle To install a dust extraction system and purchase tools and equipment to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $20,930
WA Pinjarra RSL Sub­branch Pinjarra Canning To purchase portable marquees to enhance outdoor activities provided for the veteran community. $6,146
WA Torch Bearers For Legacy in Western Australia Incorporated West Perth Perth To purchase a 14 seat bus to transport widows attending Legacy functions and the Busselton Legacy Camp facility. $37,585
WA York Men's Shed Incorporated York Pearce To purchase tools and equipment for the Men's Shed to expand the activities provided for the veteran community. $7,772
Other States and Territories : NIL  
National Total: 35 Total $611,139

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.