$220,000 To Improve Community Support For Nsw Veterans

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The Hon Alan Griffin MP

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs


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Thursday, 25 September 2008


$220,000 TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR NSW VETERANS


Nineteen community projects across New South Wales will receive on average more than

$11,500 each to improve veteran health and independence, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Alan

Griffin, announced today.


Mr Griffin said the total grant allocation of $220,854 would benefit more than 5000 veterans, and

demonstrates the Rudd Government’s commitment to supporting organisations dedicated to

caring for veterans and their dependants. The funding for New South Wales 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 NSW 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 NSW Recipients

The NSW Branch of the Vietnam Veterans’ Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Association of

Australia will receive $43,254 to help establish the Auburn-Regent’s Park Men’s Shed.


Cowra Men’s Shed will receive $7952 to help purchase tools and equipment for the Men’s

Shed.


The Woolgoolga RSL Sub-branch will receive $6150 to help purchase safety equipment and

a dust extractor for the Woolgoolga Men’s Shed.


Zone 8 of the NSW RSL Bowls Section will receive $11,379 to help purchase computer

equipment and help fund transport for members attending representative bowling events.


The Garden Island Sub-section of the Naval Association of Australia will receive $4442 to

help purchase computer and printing equipment to produce a monthly newsletter for

members.


The Wentworth and Coomealla Districts Sub-branch including the Ramon Deed Veterans’

Retreat of the Vietnam Veterans’ Peacekeepers’ and Peacemakers Association of Australia

NSW Branch will receive $48,320 to help replace the roof at the clubrooms at the Ramon

Deed Veterans’ Retreat in Dareton, New South Wales.


Woodburn & Evans Head RSL Sub-branch will receive $9464 to help purchase a computer

and publishing equipment to produce a newsletter and train members in desktop publishing.


Hawkesbury Skills will receive $33,835 to help purchase tools and equipment to establish

the Hawkesbury Men’s Shed.


Forster Tuncurry RSL Sub-branch will receive $1800 to help conduct basic computer

courses for local members of the veteran community.


Wentworth District RSL Sub-branch will receive $1867 to help purchase a computer and

printer to produce a regular newsletter for members.


The Lions Club of Berrigan will receive $4994 to help provide basic computer training for

members and purchase a Mono Mouse magnifying tool for sight impaired members.


The St George Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Social and Welfare Club will receive

$10,570 to help provide social excursions for the local veteran community.


The NSW Branch of the War Widows’ Guild of Australia will receive $10,380 to help conduct

a Healthy Lifestyle expo during the War Widows’ Walk at the Kokoda Track Memorial

Walkway in Concord this October.


Yamba RSL Sub-branch will receive $3808 to help upgrade equipment for the Osprey RSL

Day Club.


The Sydney Legacy Appeals Fund will receive $5720 to help establish a craft and social

group for Legacy widows to socialise and learn new skills.


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The NSW Branch of the Royal Australian Navy Corvettes Association will receive $2800 to

help purchase a computer and printing equipment to produce a quarterly newsletter for

members.


Toronto RSL Sub-branch will receive $6627 to help purchase a photocopier to produce a

quarterly newsletter for members.


The NSW Branch of the National Servicemen’s Association Manning Valley Sub-branch will

receive $1218 to help purchase a public address system for use during social functions held

at the sub-branch.


The New South Wales Branch of the RSL will receive $6274 to help produce a procedure

manual and provide training for day club volunteers throughout NSW.








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