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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

20 September 2018
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Supporting veterans and their communities

FUNDING of more than $170,000 will be provided to community groups supporting veterans under the latest round of the Veteran and Community Grants program.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Darren Chester, announced 17 grants for organisations helping veterans in the community.

"The organisations receiving funding in this round will provide a range of essential services for veterans and their families," Mr Chester said.

"This latest round of funding is further investment in local organisations to help veterans in their community to support a healthy, high quality lifestyle for veterans.

"These organisations will be able to provide veterans with ongoing opportunities to interact with each other, with veteran organisations and with their communities."

Mr Chester said these grants include funding for Harlaxton RSL Sub branch to provide veterans with excursion opportunities to reduce social isolation and funding for the Camp Gregory Veterans Retreat to provide better access to its facilities for disabled veterans.

"This Government is committed to putting veterans and their families first and investing in these types of projects does just that and I 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.

"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."

A full list of grants recipients is below.

For more information on the Veteran and Community Grants program, please visit the Community Grants Hub (www.communitygrants.gov.au).

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Media Contacts:

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Office of the Hon Darren Chester MP, Canberra

Veteran and community grants

2018–2019 Additional Paper Round

Australian Capital Territory

Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Total Grants – Australian Capital Territory: 2 Total $7,930.91
Picton — Thirlmere — Bargo RSL Sub­branch Erindale Canberra To undertake a series of excursions to reduce social isolation. $1,990.91
Vietnam Veterans & Veterans Federation ACT Inc Page Fenner To undertake a series of excursions to reduce social isolation. $5,940.00

New South Wales

Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Total Grants – New South Wales: 2 Total $18,471.44
Berry RSL Sub-branch North Nowra Gilmore Refurbishment of kitchen and facilities at Berry RSL Sub-branch hall. $16,807.80
Gunnedah RSL Sub-branch Gunnedah Parkes To purchase six adjustable special needs chairs. $1,663.64

Queensland

Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Total Grants — Queensland: 6 Total $51,244.70
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queendland Branch) Pine Rivers District Kallangur Dickson Construction of a ramp to increase accessibility to the RSL buildings. $4,800.00
Australian War Widows (Queensland) Maroochydore Sub-branch Maroochydore Fairfax To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $5,075.00
Returned and Services League of Australia (Queensland) Agnes Water-1770 Sub­branch Agnes Water Flynn To establish a quarterly newsletter. $2,200.00
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queendland Branch) Harlaxton RSL Sub-branch Inc Toowoomba Groom To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $13,400.00
Veterans of Australia Association Inc Pialba Hinkler To develop a monthly newsletter. $4,863.10
Camp Gregory Veterans Retreat Inc Pialba Hinkler Construction of a ramp for disability access to bathroom facilities and to purchase a defibrillator. $20,886.60

South Australia

Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Total Grants — South Australia: 2 Total $49,773.00
Returned Services League of Australia (SA Branch) Tanunda RSL Sub-branch Tanunda Barker To upgrade the kitchen facilities. $37,780.00
Returned Services League (Port Victoria Sub-branch) Incorporated Port Victoria Grey To upgrade the bathroom facilities. $11,993.00

Tasmania

Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Total Grants — Tasmania: 1 Total $3,636.36
The Australian Federation of Totally & Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen and Women (Tasmanian Branch) Incorporated North Hobart Denison To provide first aid training and training in the use of an emergency defibrillator. $3,636.36

Victoria

Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Total Grants — Victoria: 3 Total $45,552.27
Bendigo District RSL Sub-branch Inc Long Gully Bendigo To upgrade the computer equipment. $7,357.27
Upwey Belgrave RSL Sub-branch Inc Upwey La Trobe To upgrade the kitchen. $19,165.00
Drouin Men's shed Inc Drouin McMillan To install a dust extraction system. $19,030.00

Western Australia

Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Total Grants — Western Australia: 1 Total $2,970.00
The Naval Association of Australia (Western Australian Section) Inc Wanneroo Cowan To install a sound system to provide better hearing access. $2,970.00

Summary of grants, by state

State Number of Grants Total
Totals 17 $179,579.38
ACT 2 $7,930.91
NSW 2 $18,471.44
QLD 6 $51,244.70
SA 2 $49,773.00
TAS 1 $3,636.36
VIC 3 $45,552.27
WA 1 $2,970.70
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