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MEDIA RELEASE

THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP MINISTER FOR DEFENCE MEMBER FOR HUNTER

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1 December 2008

$11,280 TO SUPPORT LOCAL VETERAN COMMUNITY

The 823 Veterans’ Social Club in Maitland will receive $11,280 in funding from the Australian Government to support the local veteran community, the Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon, announced today.

Mr Fitzgibbon said the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Alan Griffin, had approved the funding through the Australian Government’s Veteran & Community Grants program.

“Veteran & Community Grants provide funding support to local organisations dedicated to the health and well-being of Australia’s veterans,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

“This grant will help the 823 Veterans’ Social Club purchase a camping trailer and associated equipment to enhance their existing program of camping trips for the local veteran community,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

“Veteran & Community Grants provided an important source of funding for projects that support a healthy and quality lifestyle for members of the veteran community.”

The program also funds projects that help veterans, war widows and widowers continue to live independently in their own homes, as well as initiatives to encourage social activities and improve access to community care services.

“Veteran & Community Grants are available to ex-service and community organisations, veteran representative groups and private organisations that contribute to the health and welfare of the veteran community,” Mr Fitzgibbon

said.

“Australia’s veteran community deserves to have the best support services available and I congratulate the 823 Veterans’ Social Club for its initiative.”

For more information about the Veteran & Community Grants program go to www.dva.gov.au/health/grants or contact your nearest DVA office on 133 254.

Media contact: Christine Boyd 0488 654 527

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