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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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25 January 2017

Grants support veterans and their communities

Veterans and their families in towns and cities around Australia will benefit from more than $500,000 in grants to ex-service organisations for community projects.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced the latest round of 33 grants under the Veteran and Community Grants program.

“This round of grants will fund a diverse range of projects and equipment, including the upgrade of facilities 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 the 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 and continue delivering improvements to their lives.”

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.

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 Three

NEW SOUTH WALES
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount
Appin Men's Shed Incorporated Appin Hume To upgrade the toilet and kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $35,530.00
Grafton RSL Sub­branch Grafton Page To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,000.00
Harrington - Crowdy Head Sub­branch of the RSL of Australia (NSW Branch) Harrington Lyne To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $4,580.00
Nambucca Heads Sub­branch of the RSL of Australia NSW Branch Nambucca Heads Cowper To purchase tools and equipment for the Men's Shed to expand the programs provided to members. $12,016.00
National Service & Combined Forces Association of Australia Maitland Branch East Maitland Paterson To purchase new equipment including a marquee to enhance the program of activities provided by the branch. $1,762.00
Royal Australian Airforce Association Coffs Harbour & District Branch Coffs Harbour Cowper To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $4,070.00
Total Grants - NSW - 6 Total $60,958.00
QUEENSLAND
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount
Returned Services League of Aust (Queensland Branch) Kilcoy Sub­branch Incorporated Kilcoy Blair To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter. $5,980.70
Palm Beach / Currumbin Legacy Laurel Club Currumbin McPherson To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,760.00
Veterans' Support Centre Lockyer/Brisbane Valley Incorporated Laidley Wright To upgrade the kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $34,236.55
Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia, Bribie Island and Districts Sub­branch Incorporated Bongaree Longman To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $6,936.36
Total Grants - QLD - 4 Total $50,913.61
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount
Coonawarra Penola RSL Incorporated Penola Barker To repair the roof of the RSL Hall to ensure a safe, secure and comfortable meeting place for the veteran community. $12,362.00
Marion RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Marion Boothby To purchase new tables and chairs for the safety and comfort of the veteran community. $15,415.45
Mount Barker RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Mount Barker Mayo To upgrade the Sub­branch clubrooms with new floor coverings, furniture, air­conditioning and audio­visual equipment to enhance activities held for the veteran community. $55,032.00
Pinnaroo Returned and Services League Sub­branch Pinnaroo Barker To upgrade clubroom facilities to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $24,791.00
RAAF Association Mitcham Branch Incorporated Hawthorn Boothby To upgrade kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $7,480.00
Returned & Services' League Meningie Sub­branch Incorporated Meningie Barker To upgrade kitchen facilities in the RSL Hall and purchase new chairs to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $48,732.00
Returned and Services League Blanchetown Sub­branch Incorporated Blanchetown Barker To upgrade kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $34,333.00
Returned & Services League (Riverton) Sub­branch Incorporated Riverton Wakefield To purchase a public address system to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $2,350.91
The Elizabeth and Salisbury Sub­section of the Naval Association of Australia (SA) Incorporated Elizabeth South Wakefield To install air­conditioning, upgrade chairs and improve kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $24,346.00
Total Grants - SA - 9 Total $224,842.36

TASMANIA
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount
Defence Force Veterans Time Out Workshop Incorporated Glenorchy Denison To install a dust extraction to reduce health and safety hazards for members of the veteran community. $17,593.00
RAAF Association Tasmanian Division North West Branch Sulpher Creek Braddon To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $1,890.00
Railton Bowls Club Incorporated Railton Lyons To install shadecloth to provide shelter from the sun for members of the veteran community playing lawn bowls. $1,265.00
Total Grants - TAS - 3 Total $20,748.00

VICTORIA
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount
1066 Hastings Day Club Hastings Flinders To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $6,285.00
Leongatha RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Leongatha McMillan To purchase a new vehicle for transporting veterans to commemorative and social functions. $35,744.55
Moe RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Moe McMillan To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $23,300.00
National Servicemen's Association of Australia Victorian Branch - Geelong & District Sub­branch Glen Waverley Corangamite To purchase a defibrillator to support the wellbeing of members. $2,995.00
Naval Association of Australia Dandenong Sub­section Cranbourne East Holt To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter. $3,645.00
Oakleigh Carnegie RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Oakleigh Chisholm To refurbish the electrical wiring in the clubrooms for the safety and benefit of the veteran community. $29,450.00
Oakleigh Carnegie RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Oakleigh Chisholm To purchase a defibrillator and conduct first aid training courses for members. $4,409.09
Portland Group Hamilton & District Legacy Portland Wannon To upgrade existing toilet facilities for the wellbeing of the veteran community. $4,545.45
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Outer Eastern Melbourne Sub­branch Boronia La Trobe To purchase a public address system to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $3,722.00
Total Grants - VIC - 9 Total $114,096.09

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount
Gosnells Community Men's Shed Incorporated Gosnells Burt To assist with fitting out a new building for the Gosnells Men's Shed to expand the range of activities provided for the local veteran community. $25,590.91
Returned and Services League of Australia Mandurah Sub­branch Mandurah Canning To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter and to provide access to online services for the veteran community. $4,120.91
Total Grants - WA - 2 Total $29,711.82

Australian Capital Territory: NIL  
Northern Territory: NIL  
National Total: 33 Total $501,269.88

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.