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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

12 March 2019

Veteran and Community Grants announced

Funding of more than $390,000 has today been announced under the latest round of the Veteran and Community Grants Program.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester said the 33 grants from this round would directly benefit veterans and their families.

"The 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 can rely on," Mr Chester said.

"The Government recognises the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families, and is assisting ex-service organisations and community groups with funding that goes directly to support health and wellbeing within the veteran community."

The 33 grants provided to organisations helping veterans in the community will mean that close to 100 grants totalling more than $1 million would be allocated this year.

"This round of funding will assist in reducing social isolation by providing a series of bus trips, upgrading facilities ensuring a safe environment for members, providing first aid training for volunteers and purchasing IT equipment to produce newsletters," Mr Chester said.

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

The Veteran and Community Grants program will continue to assess applications in batches throughout the year. For more information on the Veteran and Community Grants program, please visit the Community Grants Hub. You can view a full list of the latest announced grants below.

ENDS

Media contacts:

Rachel Tharratt: 02 6277 7820
DVA Media: 02 6289 6466
Office of the Hon Darren Chester, Canberra ACT

 

Veteran and Community Grants

2018–19 On-Line Round Two

New South Wales
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Total Grants — New South Wales: Total $18,027.10
Ourimbah Lisarow RSL Ourimbah Dobell To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $4,354.55
Clarence River U3A Incorporated McLean Page To purchase up-to-date machinery to ensure a safe working environment $9,573.00
Woolgoolga Sub-branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia (NSW Branch) Woolgoola Page To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter $1,724.55
East Maitland Sub-branch Returned and Services League of Australia New South Wales Maitland Paterson To purchase a replacement photocopier for the production of a newsletter $2,375.00

 

Queensland
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Total Grants — Queensland: Total $74,079.20
Naval Association of Australia Sunshine Coast Golden Beach Fisher To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $2,136.36
Returned and Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Maleny Sub-branch Incorporated Maleny Fisher To replace a dishwasher to ensure a safe environment for veterans and the community $7,477.90
Totally and Permanently Disabled Ex‑Servicepersons Association (Townsville) Incorporated Garbutt East Herbert To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $26,545.45
Townsville Sub-branch Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Incorporated Thuringowa Central Herbert To purchase a replacement printer for the production of membership bulletins $8,748.49
National Servicemen's Association (Qld) Incorporated Bundaberg Branch Norville Hinkler To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $4,499.00
Returned and Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Sandgate Sub-branch Sandgate Lilley To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $5,400.00
Returned and Service League of Australia Qld Branch Goodna Sub‑branch Incorporated Goodna Oxley To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $14,850.00
Returned and Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Jimboomba Sub-branch Jimboomba Wright To update furniture at the RSL to ensure a safe environment for veterans and families $4,422.00

 

South Australia
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Total Grants — South Australia: Total $93,624.10
Prospect Returned Sailors Soldiers and Airmen's Imperial League of Australia Prospect East Adelaide To update furniture to ensure a safe environment for members and the community $17,921.74
The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia-South Australia Branch Incorporated Parkholme Boothby Purchase a printer for the production of a newsletter $661.09
Returned and Services League Tea Tree Gully Sub-branch Incorporated Tea Tree Gully Makin To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $3,127.27
Macclesfield Sub-branch RSL Incorporated Macclesfield Mayo To update kitchen facilities to provide a safe environment for veterans and the community $40,000.00
Largs Bay Sub-branch RSL Incorporated Largs North Port Adelaide To install an automatic sliding door to improve accessibility for members $10,200.00
Magill RSL Sub-branch Incorporated Magill Sturt To update furniture at the RSL to ensure a safe environment for veterans and families $21,714.00

 

Tasmania
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Total Grants — Tasmania: Total $6,674.29
North Suburbs Legacy Widows Club Glenorchy Denison To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $6,674.29

 

Victoria
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Total Grants — Victoria: Total $174,202.44
Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated Ringwood Deakin To purchase a bus to reduce social isolation by transporting veterans and their families to organised events $33,306.82
The Sale Returned and Services League and  Community Sub-branch Incorporated Sale Gippsland To update furniture at the RSL to ensure a safe environment for veterans and families $34,161.82
The Sale Returned and Services League and  Community Sub-branch Incorporated Sale Gippsland To provide first aid training for volunteers $2,175.00
Returned and Services League Berwick Sub-branch Berwick La Trobe To replace existing entry doors with automatic sliding doors to improve accessibility for members and the community $32,340.00
Leongatha RSL Sub-branch Incorporated Leongatha McMillan To upgrade toilet facilities to provide better access for members and the community $13,100.00
Meeniyan and District RSL Men's Shed Meeniyan McMillan To upgrade facilities to provide a safe environment for members and the community $19,969.80
Mirboo North Bowling Club Incorporated Mirboo North McMillan To upgrade facilities to provide a safe environment members and the community $18,181.82
Warragul Woodworkers Club Incorporated Warragul McMillan To purchase workshop equipment to ensure a safe workshop environment for members $3,000.00
Returned and Services League of Australia (Victorian Branch) Incorporated Echuca Melbourne To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation $4,118.18
Dunkeld RSL Sub-branch Dunkeld Wannon To upgrade facilities to improve accessibility and comfort for members $13,849.00

 

Western Australia
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Total Grants — Western Australia: Total $23,417.76
Australian Ex Services Atomic Survivors Association Incorporated Canningvale Burt To purchase a replacement printer for the production of a newsletter $7,000.00
Cranbrook Community Men's Shed Incorporated Cranbrook O'Connor To purchase workshop equipment and provide electrical safety tagging training $6,475.58
York Men's Shed (Incorporated) York Pearce To purchase an electrical safety tag, test and recording system $1,999.00
The Returned and Services League of Australia WA Branch Incorporated Cannington Swan To update kitchen facilities to provide a safe environment $7,943.18

Summary of grants by state

Summary of grants by state
State Number of Grants Total
Totals 33 $390,024.89
ACT NIL $0.00
NSW 4 $18,027.10
QLD 8 $74,079.20
SA 6 $93,624.10
TAS 1 $6,674.29
VIC 10 $174,202.44
WA 4 $23,417.76
NT NIL $0.00

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