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Monday 16 July 2012 VA054

FUNDING BOOST FOR VETERAN HEALTH AND WELLBEING INITIATIVES

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, today announced funding for 62 projects that will benefit the health and welfare of veterans across Australia.

Mr Snowdon said the funding is part of the Australian Government’s Veteran & Community Grants program, which provides support for ex-service and community organisations.

“I am pleased to announce $555,589 has been allocated towards 62 projects around the country that help veterans, war widows and widowers lead healthier and more fulsome lives,” he said.

“This funding will assist a range of initiatives and activities, from undertaking bus trips to reduce social isolation, to purchasing equipment to produce community newsletters and enhance social activities.”

Veteran & Community Grants are available to ex-service and community organisations, veteran representative groups and private organisations to support projects that aim to improve the independence and quality of life for the veteran community.

Since 2008, the Australian Government has supported more than 1,200 organisations with over $13.6 million in funding.

“It is important that the ex-service community has access to activities and programs to give them skills to remain independent, healthy and active, particularly for the elderly living by themselves,” Mr Snowdon said.

“These projects improve access to community care services, encourage social interaction and ultimately enrich the lives of Australian veterans, young and old.

“I encourage local and community organisations to apply for funding to ensure our veterans continue to engage in a healthy lifestyle.”

Organisations interested in applying for funding are encouraged to visit www.dva.gov.au/grants or contact their nearest DVA office on 133 254 (metropolitan callers) or 1800 555 254 (regional callers).

Editor’s Note: A list of grant recipients is attached.

Media inquiries: Minister Snowdon: Lidija Ivanovski 02 6277 7820 or 0407 108 935 Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

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VETERAN AND COMMUNITY GRANTS MARCH 2012 FUNDING ROUND

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Recipient Location Funding description Amount $

Vietnam Veterans and Page To replace the carpets in the clubrooms and replace a toilet $5,140 Veterans Federation pan/cistern for the benefit of members.

ACT Incorporated Total Grants - ACT - 1 Total $ 5,140

NEW SOUTH WALES

Recipient Location Funding description Amount $

NZ RSL Sub-branch Sydney To purchase Information Technology equipment to provide computer training to veterans. $4,522 Old Bar Beach RSL Sub-branch

Old Bar To purchase tables, games, cupboards and projector equipment to enhance the activities provided by the Barwalla RSL Day Club.

$8,963

Epping RSL Sub-branch Epping To purchase tables, games and audio-visual equipment to enhance the activities provided by the Epping RSL Granny Smith Day Club.

$6,399

Warilla RSL Sub-branch Warilla To purchase a projector with sound system and screen to enhance the programs provided to members. $8,650 Vietnam Veterans South West NSW and Wagga Incorporated

Wagga Wagga To construct two disabled ramps and a disabled toilet at the Murraguldrie Veterans Retreat for the benefit of members. $28,542

Vietnam Veterans South West NSW and Wagga Incorporated

Wagga Wagga To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $8,800

Sutherland and District TPI Social and Welfare Club

Oyster Bay To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $4,170

Dorrigo RSL Sub-branch

Dorrigo To purchase tools and equipment for the Men's Shed to enhance the programs provided to members. $4,380

Merewether RSL Sub-branch

Merewether To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $1,600

South Western Sydney TPI Welfare and Social Club Incorporated

Macquarie Fields

To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $13,060

National Servicemen's Association of Australia Westlake Macquarie Sub-branch

Toronto To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $9,630

Vietnam Veterans Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Association of Australia (NSW Branch) Incorporated

Granville To purchase a dust extraction system for the benefit of the Regents Park Men's Shed. $24,355

Reserve Forces Day Hunter Region Council Incorporated

Carey Bay To purchase a laptop computer and equipment to produce a newsletter. $2,639

National Servicemen's Association of Australia Shoalhaven Sub-branch

Narrawallee To purchase a public address system to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $2,160

Head Quarters 1st Australian Task Force Association

Huntleys Cove To purchase computer equipment and a digital camera for the production of a newsletter. $5,395

Boolaroo Speers Point RSL Sub-branch Speers Point To purchase a public address system to enhance activities provided for the veteran community.

$3,658

Total Grants - NSW - 16 Total $ 136,923

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QUEENSLAND

Recipient Location Funding description Amount $

Kingaroy Memerambi RSL Sub-branch Kingaroy To purchase office and kitchen furniture and equipment to establish the Kingaroy Veterans Drop-In-Centre.

$22,211

National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association (Queensland) Incorporated Brisbane Central Sub-branch

Indooroopilly To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $4,060

Kawana Waters RAAF Association Maroochydore To underta ke a series of b

us trips to reduce social isolation. $3,000

Ravenshoe RSL Sub-branch

Ravenshoe To purchase a public address system and generator to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. $5,049

Tramways RSL Sub-branch

Taringa To purchase a colour printer to enhance the production of a monthly newsletter. $450

Vietnam Veterans’ Association of Australia Bundaberg and District Sub-branch Incorporated

Bundaberg To purchase computers, printers and software to enhance activities provided by the Drop-In-Centre and production of a monthly newsletter.

$4,482

Vietnam Veterans’ Association of Australia Bundaberg and District Sub-branch Incorporated

Bundaberg To purchase 60 replacement chairs for use in the clubrooms and Drop-In-Centre for the benefit of members. $6,300

Hellenic RSL Sub-branch Women’s Auxiliary

West End To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $3,212

Totally and Permanently Disabled Soldiers Association (Brisbane North) Incorporated

Sandgate To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $2,789

Total Grants - QLD - 9 Total $ 51,553

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Recipient Location Funding description Amount $

Magill RSL Sub-branch Magill To repair the roof and dining room ceiling of the Sub-branch for the benefit of members. $48,000 South Coast Veterans Association Incorporated

Victor Harbour To purchase computer, office and audio-visual equipment to enhance ongoing newsletter production and to support a program of social activities and information sessions.

$8,956

Riverton RSL Sub-branch

Riverton To purchase digital audiovisual equipment to enhance the social activities provided to the veteran community. $1,634

Naval Association of Australia Mount Gambier and District Sub-section Incorporated

Mt Gambier To upgrade the toilet facilities, replace a toilet window and construct a disabled access ramp for the wellbeing of the veteran community.

$5,880

Total Grants - SA - 4 Total $ 64,470

TASMANIA

Recipient Location Funding description Amount $

War Widows Guild Burnie Burnie To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $2,500 Total Grants - TAS - 1 Total $ 2,500

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VICTORIA

Recipient Location Funding description Amount $

Morwell RSL Sub-branch

Morwell To purchase a gas convection cooker, refrigerators and a stainless steel utility unit to enhance Sub-branch activities. $28,414

1066 Hastings Day Club Hastings To purchase 80 replacement chairs and a defibrillator for the safety and wellbeing of the veteran community. $15,896 Victorian RSL Lawn Bowls Association

Hillside To fund printing, postage and transport costs and the purchase of trophies and medallions for the 46th National RSL Bowls Carnival.

$16,034

Sunraysia Men’s Shed Incorporated Mildura To purchase tools and equipment to facilitate activities provided by the Men's Shed.

$29,295

Sunbury RSL Sub-branch

Sunbury To purchase a computer, multi function device, printer, digital camera and software to produce a newsletter. $3,110

The Cheviot Day Club Rye To fund the purchase of a pie warmer to promote social interaction and healthy lifestyles. $700 Drysdale RSL Sub-branch

Drysdale To upgrade the rear of the clubrooms and kitchen for the health and safety of members. $3,000

Mildura TPI EDA Social Club Mildura To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation.

$4,620

Ex-HMAS Quickmatch Association Forest Hill To purchase a printer and computer equipment for the production of a newsletter.

$2,545

Kilmore RSL Sub-branch

Kilmore To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $4,719

HMAS Assault Association of Australia Highett To purchase a laptop and printer for the production of a newsletter.

$3,070

Incorporated The Royal Australian Regiment Association Victoria Branch

Greensborough To upgrade a photocopier for the production of a newsletter. $4,300

Hopetoun RSL Sub-branch

Hopetoun To undertake work to level the floor of the Sub-branch hall for the benefit of the veteran and wider communities. $7,150

Bendigo TPI Social Club Eaglehawk To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation.

$3,611

East Gippsland TPI Social Club Bairnsdale To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation.

$4,602

Red Cliffs Bowling Club Incorporated Red Cliffs To upgrade the kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided to the veteran community.

$9,869

Mildura Bowls Club Incorporated Mildura To purchase 12 shade structures and associated seating for the health and wellbeing of members.

$12,222

Darebin RSL Sub-branch

Preston To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $5,400

Heathcote RSL Sub-branch

Heathcote To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation. $4,250

Moe RSL Sub-branch Moe To purchase a billiard table and audio-visual equipment to enhance activities provided to members. $7,044 Merri Day Club Preston To purchase a laptop computer and printer to produce a

newsletter and a DVD player to enhance activities for members.

$1,086

Northern Districts Social / Services Club Heidelberg To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation.

$5,322

Reservoir Legacy Widows Club Reservoir To undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation.

$8,999

Total Grants - VIC - 23 Total $ 185,257

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Recipient Location Funding description Amount $

Legacy Fund of Perth Incorporated West Perth To assist with the purchase of an eight-seater bus for transporting widows to meetings and social events.

$24,461

Bicton Men’s Shed Palmyra To purchase audiovisual and kitchen equipment to convert $2,073 Incorporated part of the Shed into a Drop-In-Centre.

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National Total: 62 National Total $ 555,589

The SAS Historical Foundation Swanbourne To purchase tools for the Foundation's Workshop to enhance activities for members.

$30,763

Geraldton City RSL Sub-branch Geraldton To install air-conditioning in the Birdwood House RSL Hall for the wellbeing of the local veteran community.

$27,724

Rockingham Community Shed For Men Incorporated

Rockingham To install air-conditioning in the Men's Shed for the wellbeing of the local veteran community. $4,500

The Woodturners Association of WA Incorporated

Winthrop To purchase 6 stools and new equipment to enhance the social and healthy lifestyle activities provided to members. $7,826

Far East Strategic Reserve Navy Association WA Division

Como To purchase computer equipment for the production of a newsletter. $1,399

Leschenault Men’s Shed Incorporated Australind To purchase tools and equipment to facilitate activities provided by the Men's Shed.

$11,000

Total Grants - WA - 8 Total $ 109,746