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Bus for housebound veterans and war widows in Hobart

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For immediate release, 10 May 1991 23/91

Bus for housebound veterans and w ar widows in H obart

Housebound war widows and veterans in Hobart will benefit from a grant of $37,434 under the Department of Veterans' Affairs Joint Ventures Scheme.

Presenting a cheque at the 76th Annual State Congress of the Returned and Services League at Geeveston in Tasmania today, the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Ben Humphreys, said the grant for a 23 seat bus would help provide mobility for more than one hundred people a week.

The grant has been awarded to the RSL - Repatriation Hospital Women's Auxiliary in Hobart.

The bus will be used to transport veterans and war widows to the Alice Elliott Day Club at RGH Hobart, and for shopping and recreational trips for veterans and their dependants who are housebound through age, disablement or lack of transport.

Mr Humphreys said: "The day club provides occupational therapy, recreation, social activities and individually tailored mild exercise programs for more than 100 veterans and war widows each week."

"All participants have varying degrees of physical or mental incapacity, and the number will increase with the assistance of transport.

"This Joint Ventures grant reflects the on-going care to veterans and widows by the women's auxiliary," the Minister said.

Since the Joint Ventures Scheme began in 1985, more than $2.7m has been allocated to ex­ service organisations to set up 390 programs in Australia.

"Our veterans have voted the Joint Ventures Scheme a resounding success because it assists ex­ service organisations to provide additional amenities and a broader range of activities for ex­ service people," the Minister said.

"Under the scheme, money is granted for day clubs, house and garden maintenance, bus transport, craft work, firewood, entertainment, and kitchen equipment

"All these projects aim to assist elderly ex-servicemen and women to remain living in their own homes, and to improve their quality of life."

Media contact: Annette Holden (06) 289 6152 (w) (06) 251 2177 (h)

Joint Ventures Scheme contact: Dominic Melano (06) 289 6780 (w), or Gerry Duggan, Department of Veterans' Affairs Client Liaison Officer, (002) 216 624 (w)

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