$54,000 To Improve Community Support For Wa 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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Tuesday 23 December 2008 


$54,000 TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR WA VETERANS


Christmas celebrations may be a little louder for four community groups across Western

Australia who will share in more than $54,000 in grants announced today by the Minister for

Veterans’ Affairs, Alan Griffin.  Groups will receive on average more than $10,000 each to

improve veteran health and independence.


Mr Griffin said the total grant allocation of $54,342 would benefit more than 1300 local veterans,

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

to caring for veterans and their dependants.


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

organisations for projects that are directly supporting 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 during 2008 hundreds of local and community organisations had benefited from

more than $3.9 million in funding distributed through the grants program.


Mr Griffin encouraged local and community organisations interested in applying for 2009

funding to visit www.dva.gov.au/health/grants or contact their nearest Department of Veterans’

Affairs office on 133 254 (for metropolitan callers) or 1800 555 254 (for non-metropolitan

callers).



Media inquiries: Laura Ryan 0437 863 109


Editor/producers note: A list of grant recipients is attached, and the Minister is available for

interviews.


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 and Community Grants Western Australian recipients

Perth Legacy will receive $34,710 to help conduct a series of bus trips to help reduce social

isolation and purchase seat walkers, adjustable high back chairs, bedside commodes and

install an electric step on the bus.


Narrogin RSL Sub-branch will receive $15,152 to help purchase metal working machinery

and tools for the Lions Men’s Shed.


Applecross RSL Sub-branch will receive $1216 to help purchase a photocopier to sustain the

quarterly newsletter for the club.


The Beverley Men’s Shed will receive $3264 to help purchase equipment to set up a bowls

program including carpet bowls, mats, scoreboard, first aid kit, signage and lighting.








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