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Adelaide veterans to benefit from Australian Government funding.



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M E D I A R E L E A S E

M i n i s t e r f o r V e t e r a n s ’ A f f a i r s

M i n i s t e r A s s i s t i n g t h e M i n i s t e r f o r D e f e n c e

T H E H O N. D E - A N N E K E L L Y B E M P

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VA152 Friday 30 September 2005

ADELAIDE VETERANS TO BENEFIT FROM AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT FUNDING

The local veteran community will benefit from Australian Government grants totalling more than $51 100, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, De-Anne Kelly, said today.

Mrs Kelly said she had approved the Veteran & Community Grants funding in recognition of the needs of veterans and war widows in the Adelaide electorate.

Mrs Kelly said the grants would help two Adelaide ex-service organisations. The grants include:

• $47 531 to the Council on the Ageing (now known as COTA National Seniors) to extend its successful Living Longer Living Stronger program to regional areas in South Australia. The program establishes partnerships with fitness centres, GPs and other participants in the health industry to increase the quality and quantity of strength training programs available to older Australians; and • $3642 to the National Servicemen’s Association Northern Central Area Sub-branch to

buy a laptop computer, multi-function printer and a digital camera in order to produce a monthly newsletter for members. The newsletter will include information on services, social activities and health promotion.

Mrs Kelly said more than $2.8 million in funding was available for Veteran & Community Grants in 2005-06, providing important assistance to projects across Australia to help veterans, war widows and their dependants.

“Veteran & Community Grants support a range of community activities which promote healthy lifestyles, help veterans live independently at home and support carers,” Mrs Kelly said.

“Australians are grateful to our veterans and service personnel for their service and sacrifice in the defence of our nation and for their continuing contribution to our community.

“Through these grants to ex-service organisations and other groups, the Australian Government recognises the contribution of those who have served by assisting them in their local community.”

Media contact: Craig Clarke 0417 889 423