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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

MEDIA RELEASE

25 October 2018

Funding to support veterans and their communities

More than $824,000 of funding under the latest round of Veteran and Community Grants (VCG) program will soon be provided to community groups supporting veterans.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester today announced 62 grants for organisations helping veterans in the community.

"Our Government is putting veterans and their families first and provides more than $11.2 billion each year to deliver the essential services and programs they rely on," Mr Chester said.

"The Veteran and Community Grants program invests in projects which maintain and improve the independence and quality of life for members of the veteran community and their families.

"Funding provided in this round will be used to purchase workshop and ICT equipment, trips to reduce social isolation and upgrades to facilities to provide a safer environment."

The Veteran and Community Grants program will continue to assess applications in batches throughout the year.

"I encourage ex-service and community organisations, veteran representative groups and private organisations to apply for funding to support projects that promote improved independence and quality of life for veterans through the Veteran and Community Grants program," Mr Chester said.

"I would like to congratulate all successful applicants and thank them for the continued support to help the men and women who served in the defence of our nation."

A full list of recipients can be found below. For more information on the Veteran and Community Grants program, please visit the Community Grants Hub.

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Veteran and Community Grants 2018–2019 Round One

New South Wales

Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
East Hills District Mens Shed Association Incorporated Panania Banks To provide first aid training for five veterans $886.36
Rooty Hill Sub-Section of the NAA Incorporated Whalan Chifley To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $8,181.82
Coffs Harbour Legacy Welfare Fund Coffs Harbour Cowper To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $2,700.00
National Servicemens Association of NSW Port Macquarie/ Hastings Sub Branch Inc Port Macquarie Cowper To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $9,920.00
The Legacy Club of Armidale Inc West Tamworth New England To install air conditioning for the comfort of members and to purchase a copier/printer to produce newsletters $20,237.94
Oxley Community Transport Service Inc Armidale New England To purchase an 8 seater passenger carrying vehicle to reduce social isolation and to assist with volunteer training $32,104.84
Returned and Services League of Australia (New South Wales Branch) East Maitland Sub-branch East Maitland Paterson To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $2,500.00
Returned And Services League of Australia Cardiff Sub-branch Doyalson Shortland To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $8,500.00
The Return Service League of Australia Doyalson Wyee RSL Sub-branch Cardiff Shortland To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $7,709.10
Total Grants – New South Wales: 9 Total $92,740.06

Queensland

Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Express2Fun Pty Ltd North Ipswich Blair To coordinate a proof-of-concept pilot program to develop a mobile app for use by veteran families $34,486.62
The Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia Queensland Branch Brisbane North Inc Kallangur Dickson To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $3,150.00
Boyne Tannum Men's Shed Inc Tannum Sands Flynn To purchase workshop equipment to ensure a safe workshop environment $15,402.30
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Beenleigh & District Sub-branch Inc Beenleigh Forde To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $2,727.27
Australian War Widows (Queensland) Brisbane Griffith To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $4,210.00
National Servicemens Association of Australia (Queensland) Inc. Holland Park East Griffith To purchase audio visual equipment to enable members to participate in activities and stay socially connected $10,104.00
Coral Coast Community Care Inc. Bargara Hinkler To purchase a storage container to facilitate activities provided by the Men's Shed $1,940.00
Hervey Bay Woodcrafts Club Inc Torquay Hinkler To purchase workshop equipment to facilitate activities provided by the club $5,141.74
RAAF Radschool Association Chermside West Lilley To purchase a new printer to assist with the production of a magazine for older veterans $4,754.55
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Nanango Sub-branch Inc Nanango Maranoa To upgrade toilet facilities to provide better access for members $21,772.73
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Warwick Sub-branch Inc Warwick Maranoa To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter $3,014.00
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Nerang Sub-branch Inc Nerang Moncrieff To purchase a motor vehicle to reduce social isolation $27,243.75
The Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen and Women (Queensland Branch) Gold Coast Region TIP Centre Inc. Broadbeach Moncrieff To purchase a defibrillator to ensure the first aid safety of participants  $2,422.73
The Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen and Women (Queensland Branch) Inc Redcliffe Petrie To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $5,460.00
The Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex Servicemen and Women (Queensland Branch) Inc Redcliffe Petrie To purchase a printer, a PA system and outdoor shelters to enable members to participate in meetings and reduce social isolation $4,069.09
Veterans Support and Advocacy Service Australia Inc. Toowong Ryan To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $4,545.45
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Tin Can Bay Sub-branch Inc Tin Can Bay Wide Bay To upgrade external shade areas for use by members $45,796.55
Total Grants - Queensland: 17 Total $196,240.78

South Australia

Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Royal Society for the Blind of South Australia Incorporated Adelaide Adelaide To assist the Accredited Operation K9 Program to support veterans with PTSD $45,454.55
Renmark RSL and District Bowling Club Incorporated Renmark Barker To assist with roof restoration to ensure a safe environment $26,862.48
The Waikerie Men's Shed Incorporated Waikerie Barker To undertake a series of bus trips, purchase workshop equipment and install an external shade area to help reduce social isolation $35,216.00
Coober Pedy RSL Sub-branch Inc Coober Pedy Grey To upgrade kitchen facilities to provide a safe environment $6,000.00
Returned and Services League (Kimba) Sub-branch Kimba Grey To assist with roof restoration to ensure a safe environment $8,648.00
The William Kibby VC Veterans Shed Association Incorporated Warradale Hindmarsh To purchase workshop equipment to facilitate activities provided by the Veterans Shed $7,658.12
Port Noarlunga/Christies Beach RSL Inc Port Noarlunga Kingston To assist with roof restoration to ensure a safe environment $20,292.73
Trojan's Trek Foundation Limited Upper Sturt Mayo To assist with roof restoration to ensure a safe environment purchase four defibrillators to ensure the first aid safety of participants $9,090.91
Returned Services League (Payneham) Sub-branch Inc Payneham Sturt To assist with roof restoration to ensure a safe environment $6,000.00
Returned Services League (Payneham) Sub-branch Inc Payneham Sturt To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter $13,068.00
Total Grants - South Australia: 10 Total $178,290.79

Tasmania

Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
The Launceston Sub-branch of the Tasmanian Branch of the RSL of Australia South Launceston Bass To upgrade bathroom facilities to provide a safe environment $2,713.64
Royal Australian Air Force Association Tasmania Division Hobart Denison To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter $5,359.14
Royal Australian Air Force Association Tasmania Division Hobart Denison To install window treatments to create a pleasant environment for veterans and their families $2,271.82
Total Grants - Tasmania: 3 Total $10,344.60

Victoria

Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Blue Bird Day Club Clarinda Chisholm To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $2,700.00
Geelong TPI Welfare and Social Club Inc Belmont Corangamite To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $14,400.00
Naval Association of Australia (Geelong Sub-branch) Inc Newtown Corio To upgrade club facilities to comply with electrical and food handling regulations and standards $5,691.45
HMAS ANZAC/Tobruk Association Pearcedale Flinders To assist with construction of a website to connect veterans to the association on social media $660.00
Southern Peninsula Community Care Inc Rosebud Flinders To purchase a 12 seater bus to reduce social isolation $45,000.00
Lakes Entrance Men's Shed Inc. Lakes Entrance Gippsland To purchase a TV and computer equipment for use by visiting presenters $3,693.00
Traralgon RSL Sub-branch Traralgon Gippsland To purchase a bus to help the club expand its current activities and services and reduce social isolation $42,884.00
Bright United Men's Shed Inc. Bright Indi To  purchase a 3D printer and remote access camera  to encourage the wider community to participate in activities $1,317.00
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Victorian Branch Inc Boronia La Trobe To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $8,875.00
Mildura TPI/EDA Social Club Mildura Mallee To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $8,415.00
Princes Court Homes Inc Mildura Mallee To purchase a communal bus to reduce social isolation $50,000.00
Kilmore/Wallan RSL Sub-Branch Kilmore McEwan To upgrade kitchen facilities to provide a safe environment $45,600.00
Kilmore/Wallan RSL Sub-Branch Kilmore McEwan To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $3,025.00
Ex-Prisoners of War and Relatives Association (Victoria) Inc Melbourne Melbourne To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter $1,747.00
Reading Out of Poverty Inc. Melbourne Melbourne Ports To provide veterans with opportunities to  support disadvantaged children and families from the veteran community with low level literacy $32,727.27
Greek Australian Ex-Servicemen's Reserve Whittlesea and Districts Inc Lalor Scullin To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $9,930.00
Returned and Services League of Australia (Victoria Branch) Inc Camperdown Wannon To purchase new furniture to ensure a safe environment for older veterans and families $12,925.00
Total Grants - Victoria: 17 Total $289,589.72

Western Australia

Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Kwinana Mens Shed Inc. Medina Brand To purchase workshop equipment to facilitate activities provided by the Men's Shed $8,000.00
Kalamunda Men's Shed Inc Kalamunda Hasluck To purchase workshop equipment and provide electrical safety tagging training $2,008.18
Kalamunda Men's Shed Inc Kalamunda Hasluck To purchase workshop equipment to facilitate activities provided by the Men's Shed $27,272.73
Bridgetown's Grumpy Old Men Inc Bridgetown O'Connor To purchase workshop equipment to ensure a safe workshop environment $4,105.00
Western Australia Branch of the Partners of Veterans Association of Australia Inc Warwick Perth To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $5,951.00
Karrinyup Community Men's Shed North Beach Stirling To purchase workshop equipment to facilitate activities provided by the Men's Shed $10,000.00
Total Grants - Western Australia: 6 Total $57,336.91

Summary of grants by states

State Number of Grants Total
Australian Capital Territory NIL $0.00
New South Wales 9 $92,740.06
Northern Territory NIL $0.00
Queensland 17 $196,240.78
South Australia 10 $178,290.79
Tasmania 3 $10,344.60
Victoria 17 $289,589.72
Western Australia 6 $57,336.91
Totals 62 $824,542.86

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