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Drop-in centre for Seaford veterans.



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DVA 149 Wednesday 3 October 2001

Drop-In Centre For SEAFORD VETERANS

The Federal Government was committed to supporting projects to reduce the risk of social isolation among members of the veteran community, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Bruce Scott, said today.

Visiting the electorate of Dunkley, Mr Scott officially opened the Seaford RSL’s morning drop-in centre, which was established with the help of an $11 224 Veteran and Community Grant from the Federal Government.

"For 50 years, the Seaford RSL has provided an environment of support and companionship for members of the veteran community," he said.

"The morning drop-in centre provides a place where veterans, war widows and their families can gather - for meetings, for social activities, or just somewhere to have a cup of tea and a chat.

"The drop-in centre is a major investment in the well-being of Seaford veterans now and into the future and I was delighted to be able to lend the Government’s support."

The Minister said projects like the drop-in centre were a key element in reducing the risk of social isolation among members of the veteran community.

"Australia has always found strength in our sense of community. In the case of veterans, it is a continuation of the mateship they developed with their comrades during the war," Mr Scott said.

"But as they grow older and become less mobile, there is a risk of falling out of touch with mates, of losing that contact with the community.

"The Federal Government is supporting a range of projects to encourage projects to bring together veterans and war widows for social activities."

Mr Scott said the Government’s Veteran & Community Grants were assisting projects across Australia with more than $8 million in funding during 2001-2002.

Media contact: Mark Croxford on 6277 7820 or 0408 645 787

 

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