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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
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MEDIA RELEASE

10 October 2018
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Enhanced services to be provided to veterans and their families in Queensland

More assistance is available for veteran service organisations boosting support for veterans and their families in the electorate of Hinkler in Queensland, Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester announced today.

Mr Chester and Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt visited Toogoom and Hervey Bay in Queensland to see how additional funding provided through the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) Grants would assist veterans.

"Grants programs such as BEST provide vital financial assistance to ex-service organisations to provide pension, advocacy and welfare to support veterans and their families," Mr Chester said.

"More than $49,000 in Federal Government funding to the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch will assist with salary and office administration.

"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."

Last year Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch was aided with more than $79,000 in funding through the Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) program assisting in providing much-needed transport for veterans to attend social and commemorative events.

Mr Chester and Mr Pitt were pleased to see first-hand the work of a variety of ex-service organisations supporting veterans in the Hervey Bay community.

"The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-branch plays an important role in supporting our veteran community, and it's great to see they are supported with funding from our Government," Mr Pitt said.

"It is important that the Australian community helps veterans wherever they can as veterans served to defend Australia.

"It's another example of our community helping veterans with a place to work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time and in the company of others."

The V&CG program provides seeding funds for projects that support a healthy, good-quality lifestyle for members. For more information on the grant program, visit the Community Grants Hub at www.communitygrants.gov.au.

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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.