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Media Release


The Hon Bruce Scott MP

Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Federal Member for Maranoa



4 June 1998

Boost to Veteran Services in South Australia’s South-East

More than 1200 veterans in south-eastern South Australia will benefit from expan ded services in the region from 16 June, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Scott announced today.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has contracted Centrelink in Mount Gambier to provide information and referral services for veterans and their families. Previously, veterans in the south-east have had contact with DVA only by phone or through six monthly visits by departmental staff.

"From mid June, Centrelink will be the local ‘friendly face’ of DVA and will provide comprehensive information on health, entitlements, pensions and community services," the Minister said.

"Ready access to information has been identified as a major need for veterans in rural and remote areas. Consultations with veterans in the south-east have assisted DVA to tailor this service to meet local requirements.

This new service is a further example of the Federal Government’s commitment to improving services for people living outside metropolitan areas.

"I am confident that Centrelink will continue the close working relationship that my Department has established with ex-service organisations in this region.

"Similar services are operating successfully in Tamworth, Orange and Wagga Wagga in New South Wales."

Centrelink South Australian Area Manager, Ms Mary Kosiak said she is pleased to work in partnership with DVA to improve information services for veterans in country areas. DVA’s south-east Community Adviser, Anne Andrews will continue to visit to ensure that the veteran community and local service providers are kept up to date with initiatives.

There will be a dedicated south-east phone number for veterans: 8725 9811. Access to DVA’s Adelaide office through freecall number 1800 113304 will continue.

News Editors :

Veterans’ Affairs Deputy Commissioner for South Australia, Ms Pamela Blamey will officially open the service at 5 Percy Street, Mount Gambier on 25 June 1998 at 2.30pm.

Veterans and their families and friends are invited to attend an Open Day at Centrelink on Wednesday 1 July, from 2pm - 4pm.