$127,000 To Improve Community Support For Sa Veterans

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Parliament House Canberra ACT 2602 

Telephone 02 6277 7820  Facsimile 02 6273 4140

The Hon Alan Griffin MP

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs


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Thursday, 25 September 2008


$127,000 TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR SA VETERANS


Nine community projects across South Australia will receive on average more than $14,000

each to improve veteran health and independence, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Alan Griffin,

announced today.


Mr Griffin said the total grant allocation of $127,647 would benefit more than 2250 South

Australian veterans, and demonstrates the Rudd Government’s commitment to supporting

organisations dedicated to caring for veterans and their dependants. The funding for South

Australian veterans is part of $865,000 distributed across Australia. 


“The Veteran & Community Grants program provides seed funding to local and community

organisations for projects that directly support local veteran communities,” Mr Griffin said.


“It is important that veterans have access to a range of programs that teach them skills to help

them remain independent and active, particularly for the elderly living by themselves.


“Today’s funding supports a range of projects to encourage veterans to learn new life skills

including Cooking for One or Two programs, healthy living and computer skills courses.


“Veteran & Community Grants also help fund local initiatives that improve access to community

care services and encourage social interaction through Day Clubs, Men’s Sheds and social

excursions,” the Minister said.


Mr Griffin said hundreds of local and community organisations had benefited from more than

$2.37 million in funding through grants programs since the Federal election last year. 


Mr Griffin encouraged local and community organisations interested in applying for funding to

visit www.dva.gov.au/health/grants or contact their nearest DVA office on 133 254 (for

metropolitan callers) or 1800 555 254 (for non-metropolitan callers).



Media inquiries: Laura Ryan 0437 863 109


Editors note: A list of South Australian grant recipients is attached.




The VVCS – Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service can be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week on

1800 011 046.


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Veteran & Community Grant South Australian Recipients


Elizabeth RSL will receive $23,182 to help upgrade its kitchen and to purchase new

appliances.


The South Australian Branch of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam Association will

receive $2527 to help purchase a public address system and printer.


The Morgan RSL Sub-branch will receive $21,773 to help replace the ceiling and organise

repairs to the roof.


The Goolwa RSL Sub-branch will receive $20,000 to help purchase tables, chairs, floor

coverings and a projector television with sound system for use by members.


The Vietnam and War Veterans Rowing and Recreational Club will receive $15,847 to help

refurbish the clubs boat, purchase a rowing machine and help cover coaching and club fees.


The South Australian Mounted Rifles Association will receive $4540 to help purchase a

public address system.


Brighton RSL Sub-branch will receive $15,301 to help purchase tables and chairs and

construct a pergola for members.


Barmera RSL Sub-branch will receive $20,800 to help purchase and install an air

conditioning system, upgrade the electrical supply to the club rooms and purchase floor

coverings for the club.


Mannum RSL Sub-branch will receive $3677 to help purchase a computer, a printer to

produce their newsletter and a portable public address system to support a range of social

activities for the members. 








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