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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC


The Hon Dr John McVeigh MP
Member for Groom

MEDIA RELEASE

8 October 2018
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Joint media release — More support offered to Toowoomba veterans

TODAY Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester and Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh met with numerous Ex-Service Organisations (ESOs) in the Toowoomba region and announced more than $20,000 in funding will be provided through the Armistice Centenary Grants Program (ACGP) to the Toowoomba United RSL Sub-Branch.

Mr Chester and Dr McVeigh met ESOs in the Toowoomba Soldiers Memorial Hall to discuss issues affecting them and their families, hear their concerns and receive their feedback.

"As Minister for Veterans' Affairs, roundtables such as this one in Toowoomba, are important where I can sit down with representatives from local ESOs," Mr Chester said.

"Our Government is committed to supporting our 290,000 veterans and their families, and provides more than $11.2 billion each year to deliver essential services and programs."

Mr Chester outlined ACGP grants are for local community-based projects and activities that commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice and end of the First World War, remembering Australian service men and women from all conflicts, and celebrate a just and secure peace.

"I am pleased today to announce the Australian Government has approved funding of $22,727 to the Toowoomba United RSL Sub-Branch for commemorative projects," Mr Chester said.

"The grant will assist them in preserving their impressive collection of historical memorabilia and to develop a database on First World War service personnel."

Dr McVeigh said the Toowoomba United RSL Sub-Branch lodged two applications under the ACGP seeking funding to restore First World War memorabilia and display cases at the Soldiers Memorial Hall and to develop a database with additional information on service personnel listed on the First World War honour roll as part of the Hall of Memories.

"The ACGP grants enable locally based commemorative projects to take place honouring the service and sacrifice of Australia's service personnel," Dr McVeigh said.

Mr Chester said the Government was committed to putting veterans and their families first.

"I am very grateful to the organisations who have taken the time to meet with me and Dr McVeigh today and I encourage them to keep engaging with my Department on issues affecting their members," Mr Chester said.

For more information on Armistice Centenary visit www.anzaccentenary.gov.au

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