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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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1 November 2017

Grants support veterans and their communities

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said veterans around Australia would benefit from more than $799,000 in grant funding provided to ex-service organisations for community projects.

Mr Tehan said the latest round of 47 grants under the Veteran and Community Grants program would directly benefit veterans and their families.

“These grants will fund a diverse range of projects and equipment that will help improve life for veterans in their communities, including upgrading facilities, improving venue accessibility 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 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.

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
2017-2018 Funding Round One

Australian Capital Territory
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Forecast Systems Pty Ltd T/A Tharwa Valley Forge Tharwa Canberra To provide courses to veterans and their family members in blacksmithing, artisan bladesmithing, bow making and archery, woodworking and woodcarving. $58,181.82
Total Grants – Australian Capital Territory: 1 $58,181.82
New South Wales
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Gloucester Sub­Branch of the RSL of Australia (NSW Branch) Gloucester Lyne To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $6,618.18
Legacy Club of Armidale Incorporated Armidale New England To install a hearing loop to help hearing impaired clients to be able to follow verbal instructions and guest presenters. $2,181.82
Military Brotherhood MMC Illawarra Sub­Branch Incorporated Wollongong Cunningham To purchase a marquee and flags to be used at functions and events to raise awareness of available services. $3,646.50
NSW RSL Zone 6 Lawn Bowls Raymond Terrace Paterson To promote and encourage participation in lawn bowls to help alleviate social isolation and increase interaction. To also support attendance at the Lawn Bowls Carnival. $8,874.00
The Trustee for NSW RSL Zone 11 Bowling Association Hunter Hunter To purchase equipment to produce a newsletter for members, bowls equipment and to undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $6,580.00
Tweed Valley-Murwillumbah National Servicemens’ Association of Australia Incorporated Sub­Branch Murwillumbah Richmond To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $7,339.20
Ungarie Sub­Branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia NSW Branch Ungarie Riverina To install new carpet in the extended Meeting and Memorabilia Display Room. $1,390.91
Total Grants – New South Wales: 7 $36,630.61
Queensland
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Cockscomb Veterans Bush Retreat Incorporated Cawarral Capricornia To purchase and install a solar system, power outlets and lighting at the Cockscomb Retreat. $21,251.00
Legacy Club of Fraser Coast and Country Burnett Incorporated Maryborough Wide Bay To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $6,802.73
National Servicemen's Association Australia Hervey Bay Branch Pialba Hinkler To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter. $3,941.00
National Servicemen's Association Australia Hervey Bay Branch Wacol Oxley To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $9,030.00
National Servicemen's Association of Australia (Queensland) Incorporated Wacol Oxley To install air­conditioning in the Association's activity hall for the wellbeing of the local veteran community. $19,568.00
Queensland RSL Bowls Association Brisbane Zone Hamilton Brisbane To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,555.00
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Forest Lake Sub­Branch Durack Oxley To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $2,070.00
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Gympie Sub­branch Incorporated Gympie Wide Bay To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $5,765.45
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Holland Park-Mt Gravatt Sub­Branch Holland Park Griffith To purchase tables to support and expand activities provided for the veteran community. $6,690.00
Returned & Services League Of Australia (Queensland Branch) Isis Sub­branch Incorporated Childers Hinkler To install a disabled access ramp and purchase equipment and furniture for the Sub­branch. $15,586.36
Returned and Services League Of Australia (Queensland Branch) Kingaroy - Memerambi Sub­Branch Incorporated Memerambi Maranoa To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter. $6,077.27
Royal Australian Navy Corvettes Association (Queensland) Incorporated Runcorn Moreton To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter. $4,542.45
Tewantin Noosa Legacy Laurel Club Tewantin Wide Bay To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $5,400.00
The Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex Servicemen and Women (Queensland Branch) Incorporated Newmarket Brisbane To upgrade a photocopier to support the production of a newsletter. $7,209.09
The Probus Club of Ingham Incorporated Ingham Kennedy To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $1,800.00
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Toogoolawah Sub­Branch Incorporated Toogoolawah Blair To upgrade the kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $40,691.00
Wynnum Manly War Veterans and Associates Social Bowls Club Incorporated Manly Bonner To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $8,440.00
Total Grants – Queensland:1 7 $168,419.35
South Australia
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Coober Pedy RSL Sub­Branch Incorporated Coober Pedy Grey To redevelop an outdoor entertaining area to improve facilties for the local and travelling veteran community. $51,500.00
Largs Bay Sub­Branch RSL Incorporated Largs North Wide Bay To install automatic doors in the Sub­Branch clubrooms to improve access for the veteran community. $9,068.18
Mount Pleasant Men's Shed Incorporated Mount Pleasant Mayo To install kitchen facilities in the Men's Shed to enhance activities provided to the veteran community. $6,525.00
Returned and Services League Strathalbyn Sub­Branch Incorporated Strathalbyn Mayo To upgrade kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $19,051.00
Royal Australian Air Force Association Incorporated SA Division Adelaide Adelaide To upgrade kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $31,955.00
Semaphore & Port Adelaide Returned & Services League Sub­Branch Incorporated Semaphore Port Adelaide To purchase new tables and chairs for the benefit of the local veteran community. $25,621.82
The Kersbrook Shed Incorporated Kersbrook Mayo To purchase tools, equipment, furniture and provide first aid training to facilitate activities provided by the Men's Shed. $22,800.00
The Repat Foundation Incorporated Woodville Port Adelaide To provide physical and mental wellbeing activities tailored to veteran's interests that reduce social isolation and improve resilience. $52,022.73
Total Grants – South Australia: 8 $218,543.73
Tasmania
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Defence Force Veterans Time Out Workshop Incorporated Glenorchy Denison To purchase equipment for the workshop to expand the programs provided to members. $5,297.00
Wynyard RSL Sub­Branch Incorporated Wynward Braddon To upgrade furniture in the clubrooms to improve safety and comfort for the veteran community. $26,365.00
Total Grants – Tasmania: 2 $31,662.00
Victoria
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Benalla RSL Sub­branch Benalla Indi To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $6,997.27
Freedom Day Club Dandenong Bruce To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $8,925.00
Geelong & District Vietnam Veterans Association North Geelong Corio To purchase a defibrillator and conduct first aid training courses for members. $2,895.00
Mildura TPI/EDA Social Club Mildura Mallee To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter and to undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $10,026.00
RAAF Engineer Officers' Association Croydon Deakin To purchase equipment to enhance the production of a newsletter and to update a website. $4,040.00
Red Gum Day Club Noble Park Bruce To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $2,659.00
The Sale RSL & Community Sub­Branch Incorporated Sale Gippsland To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $8,281.82
Vietnamese Veterans Association of Victoria Footscray Gellibrand To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $6,600.00
Warrnambool RSL Sub­Branch Incorporated Warrnambool Wannon To upgrade clubroom facilities to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $14,797.73
Wodonga RSL Sub­Branch Building Patriotic Fund Wodonga Indi To install air­conditioning in the Sub­Branch for the wellbeing of the local veteran community. $63,538.18
Total Grants – Victoria: 10 $128,760.00
Western Australia
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Naval Association of Australia Rockingham City Sub­Section Incorporated Rockingham Brand To establish an outdoor entertaining area to expand the activities provided for the local veteran community. $17,769.00
Returned & Services League Denmark Sub­Branch Denmark O'Connor To upgrade the clubrooms to enhance the facilities provided for the local veteran community. $140,000.00
Total Grants – Tasmania: 2 $157,769.00
Summary of Grants by State
State Number of Grants Total
ACT 1 $58,181.82
NSW 7 $36,630.61
Qld 17 $168,419.35
SA 8 $218,543.73
Tas 2 $31,662.00
Vic 10 $128,760.00
WA 2 $157,769.00
Other States and Territories Nil  
Totals $799,966.51


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.