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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel

MEDIA RELEASE

5 September 2019

Funding for organisations to support our veteran community

Veterans and their families across Australia will be better supported thanks to more than $875,000 in community grants aimed at improving veteran health and wellbeing.

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said 68 projects will receive funding under the Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) and Men’s Health Peer Education (MHPE) programs.

"These grants will support veterans and their families by providing funding for activities and services that promote healthy and good quality lifestyles," Mr Chester said.

"Due to the overwhelming number of applications under the V&CG program, we have provided additional funding through the MHPE program for this round, with successful projects supporting the veteran community by encouraging involvement in community activities and physical activity, which in turn enhances mental wellbeing."

The V&CG program supports organisations by providing funding for projects that sustain or enhance the health and wellbeing of the veteran community. The MHPE program has a range of similar outcomes and therefore additional funds could be sourced.

"The Federal Government is committed to putting veterans and their families first and through this round of funding we are able to recognise a range of local activities and services that will support the veteran community in living a healthier lifestyle," Mr Chester said.

"Congratulations to the community and ex-service organisations that will receive funding to deliver activities and services to support the veteran community."

To find out more information visit the Veteran and Community Grants program page on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website or visit the Community Grants Hub.

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Veteran and Community Grants

2018–19 On-Line Round Two

Australian Capital Territory
Electorate Location Recipient Funding description Amount $
Canberra Curtin Naval Association of Australia, Australian Capital Territory Section To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,890.00
Fenner Deakin Wounded Spirit Incorporated Fund a non-denominational 'Faith Leaders' workshop to provide training to volunteer leaders to best support veterans, and a 'Veterans and Supporters' workshop to address some of the common faith and belief issues faced by veterans. $46,908.67
Fenner Gungahlin Soldier On To support the expansion of the 'Serving On' program and provide training for volunteers. $57,540.00
Total — Australian Capital Territory: 3 Total $108,338.67

 

New South Wales
Electorate Location Recipient Funding description Amount $
Cowper Fernbrook Embody Wellbeing Pty Ltd To conduct a seven week yoga teacher training course for 10 veterans. $36,395.18
Dobell Long Jetty National Servicemen's Association of Australia Tuggerah Lakes Incorporated To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $15,800.00
Eden-Monaro Merimbula Headquarters 1St Australian Task Force Association To purchase computer equipment to assist with the production of a newsletter. $2,782.73
Farrer Griffith Griffith Shed for Men Incorporated To purchase tools and equipment for use at the Men's Shed $5,214.00
Richmond Murwillumbah The Returned and Servicemen's League of Australia Murwillumbah Sub-branch To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $2,181.82
Sydney Nowra The Returned and Services League of Australia (New South Wales Branch) To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $5,545.45
Wentworth Double bay Kids Giving Back To reduce social isolation by hosting intergenerational high tea events. $5,440.00
Total — New South Wales: 7 Total $73,359.18

 

Queensland
Electorate Location Recipient Funding description Amount $
Blair Lowood Returned and Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Lowood Sub-branch Incorporated To construct disabled toilet and shower facilities to increase safety and ease of access for members. $40,000.00

 

Blair Ipswich Ipswich TPI Social Centre Incorporated To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $4,545.45
Fairfax Maroochydore Alaric Outback Retreat Incorporated To purchase a defibrillator and provide volunteers with first aid and mental health training. $7,530.95

 

Fisher Glass House Mountains Glass House Country RSL Sub-branch Incorporated To construct a disabled access ramp and provide a furnished outdoor sheltered area. $49,761.50
Fisher Sippy Downs Suncoast Spinners Wheelchair Basketball Incorporated To purchase two adjustable basketball wheelchairs to provide veterans with access to inclusive sports. $9,350
Fisher Golden Beach Naval Association of Australia Sunshine Coast To purchase a printer for the production of documents relevant to members. $259.00
Forde Bethania National Servicemen's Association of Australia (Queensland) Incorporated To purchase a defibrillator to ensure a safe environment for members. $2,135.00
Griffith East Brisbane The Naval Association of Australia To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $8,945.45
Griffith Brisbane Australian War Widows Queensland — Redlands Sub-branch To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $1,427.27
Griffith Brisbane Australian War Widows Queensland — Toowoomba Sub­­-branch To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,468.18
Griffith Brisbane Australian War Widows Queensland — Gold Coast South Sub-branch To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,063.64
Griffith Brisbane Australian War Widows Queensland — Gympie Sub-branch To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $1,845.45
Griffith Brisbane Australian War Widows Queensland — Redcliffe Sub-branch To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $1,745.45
Griffith Brisbane Australian War Widows Queensland — Bundaberg Sub-branch To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $1,672.73
Griffith Brisbane Australian War Widows Queensland — Tewantin Sub-branch To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $1,636.36
Griffith Brisbane Australian War Widows Queensland — Caloundra Sub-branch To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $1,600.00
Griffith Brisbane Australian War Widows Queensland — Caboolture Sub-branch To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $1,550.00
Griffith Brisbane Australian War Widows Queensland — Maryborough Sub-branch To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $1,550.00
Griffith Brisbane Australian War Widows Queensland — Lotus Sub-branch To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $1,522.73
Griffith Brisbane Australian War Widows Queensland — Brisbane North Sub-branch To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $1,522.73
Griffith Brisbane Australian War Widows Queensland — Ipswich Sub-branch To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $1,500.00
Griffith Brisbane Australian War Widows Queensland — Brisbane West Sub-branch To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $1,445.45
Griffith Brisbane Australian War Widows Queensland — Gold Coast North Social Group Sub-branch To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $1,390.91
Griffith Brisbane Australian War Widows Queensland — Rockhampton Sub-branch To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $1,218.18
Griffith Brisbane Australian War Widows Queensland — Cairns Sub-branch To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $1,167.27
Griffith South Brisbane Australian War Widows Queensland — Hervey Bay Sub-branch To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $1,140.00
Herbert Heatley The Cameleers To purchase a heavy duty off-road camp catering trailer to support field activities for members. $28,900.00
Herbert Heatley The Cameleers To purchase emergency communications equipment to ensure the safety of participants undertaking deployments. $5,967.95
Herbert Townsville The Oasis Townsville Limited To support the 'Op Farmer Assist' pilot program. $43,381.53
Hinkler Pialba Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (Qld Branch) Hervey Bay City Sub-branch To replace the current flooring to increase safety and ease of access for members. $3,649.26
Kennedy Atherton National Servicemen's Association of Australia (Queensland) Incorporated To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $6,267.64
Lilley Deagon Naval Association of Australia Sandgate Sub-section To purchase furniture to ensure a safe environment for veterans and families. $11,648.00
Longman Narangba Naval Association of Australia Redcliffe Branch Sub-section Incorporated To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,220.00
Maranoa Cunnamulla Paroo Progress Association Incorporated To upgrade the kitchen facilities, and purchase furniture and equipment to assist with social and learning activities for veterans and other participants. $17,939.95
McPherson Currumbin Returned and Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Currumbin Palm Beach To renovate the Currumbin RSL Spirit Den to ensure a safe environment for members and to employ a Project Officer to coordinate activities. $10,695.49
Petrie Redcliffe Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Redcliffe Sub-branch To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,960.00
Ryan Mitchelton Mitchie Day Club To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $2,572.73
Total — Queensland: 37 Total $291,196.25

 

South Australia
Electorate Location Recipient Funding description Amount $
Adelaide Adelaide Seniors Information Service Incorporated To fund a project officer to coordinate a 'Tech and Wellbeing' program to support veterans, partners and carers to connect socially. $44,715.45
Adelaide Adelaide University of South Australia To fund a project officer to deliver a pilot program to support ADF personnel in their transition to tertiary study. $50,000.00
Boothby Torrens Park RSL Mitcham Sub Branch Incorporated To upgrade kitchen facilities to ensure a safe environment for veterans and families. $28,143.09
Hindmarsh Port Adelaide Defence Shed Defence Shed collaborates with Soldier On to provide kayaking experiences for veterans, aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles and reducing social isolation. $15,906.00
Spence Salisbury Northern Volunteering SA Incorporated To provide mental health first aid training for RSL veterans. $3,580.00
Sturt Glenside Friends of the Veterans Incorporated Deliver a MindRight workshop (developed by StoryRight) to help veterans shift their mindset and improve mental health and wellbeing. The project also includes training volunteers as facilitators. $47,022.00
Total — South Australia: 6 Total $189,366.54

 

Victoria
Electorate Location Recipient Funding description Amount $
Flinders HMAS Cerberus Cerberus Cottage Family and Friends Incorporated To reduce social isolation by promoting activity days for veterans and their families.  $1,900.00
Flinders Mount Martha New Peninsula Baptist Church Incorporated To upgrade the facilities in an existing building to increase safety and ease of access for members. $25,459.00
Gippsland Morwell Morwell RSL Sub—branch Incorporated To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $977.27
Gippsland Sale Gippsland Regional Veterans Welfare Centre To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $9,417.00
Isaacs Skye MVP Wellbeing Pty Ltd Start a veteran volunteer run learning Café and host wellbeing programs and courses for volunteers, out of the Kameburgh Mansion and Gardens (former WW1 veterans' hospital). $44,500.00

 

Mallee Red Cliffs Red Cliffs Community Resource Centre Incorporated To construct disability toilets and an all access kitchen to ensure a safe environment for members. $20,662.73
Maribyrnong Keilor East National Servicemen's Association of Australia Victorian Branch Incorporated To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,754.55
Monash Moe Gippsland Gate Way Day Club To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,777.27
Wannon Camperdown Camperdown RSL Sub-branch Building Patriotic Fund No 2430 To purchase furniture to ensure a safe environment for veterans and families. $14,080.00
Total — Victoria: 9 Total $124,527.82

 

Western Australia
Electorate Location Recipient Funding description Amount $
Burt Gosnells Gosnells Women's Health Service Incorporated To purchase furniture and equipment and to fund a project officer to coordinate activities to build social networks for veterans and their spouses. $14,400.00
Cowan Pearsall The Western Australian Inclusive Skating Club Incorporated To purchase equipment and safety gear to enable veterans to participate in para ice hockey activities. $23,881.05
Durack Kellerberrin Kellerberrin Community Men's Shed Incorporated To purchase workshop equipment, a roller door and undertake a survey of local veterans. $27,677.11
Moore Hillarys Buddy Up Australia Limited To run fitness activities for veteran volunteers to support mental and physical health. $12,442.00
Pearce Northam Northam Men's Shed Incorporated To build and sustain a veteran volunteer sector trained in mental health first aid. $4,498.00
Perth Osborne Park United Way West Australia Incorporated To support a pilot program to assist homeless people to reconnect and assimilate back into the community. $6,736.00
Total — Western Australia: 7 Total $89,634.16

 

Summary of funding and grants by states and territories
States Number of grants $ Total
ACT 3 108,338.67
NSW 7 73,359.18
QLD 37 291,196.26
SA 6 189,366.54
TAS NIL 0.00
VIC 9 124,527.82
WA 6 89,634.16
NT NIL 0.00
TOTAL 68 876,422.63