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Samkhar, Della (DPS)

From: mediacentre@defence.gov.au

Sent: Friday, 4 July 2008 10:45 AM

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Subject: MILLION DOLLAR BOOST FOR DEFENCE FAMILY SUPPORT INITIATIVES

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Friday, 4 July 2008 087/2008

MILLION DOLLAR BOOST FOR DEFENCE FAMILY SUPPORT INITIATIVES

Defence family support groups across Australia will receive a total of $1.04 million in Family Support Funding grants, Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon Warren Snowdon MP announced today.

“The Government recognises the important contribution and sacrifices made by families who support the men and women of the Australian Defence Force,” Mr Snowdon said.

“Those who have pursued a military career have chosen not only a job but also a special way of life; and for their families, this can mean frequent postings around Australia and a significant amount of time on their own while their loved ones are deployed on operations and exercises.

“Defence Family Support Funding Program grants provide money to develop programs and activities that best suit the needs of ADF families within their local communities.

“Fifty four Defence family support groups in all states and territories, as well as in Papua New Guinea and Malaysia, will benefit from over a million dollars in Defence grants this financial year.

“The grants assist Defence family support groups to utilise neighbourhood houses and community centres as well as undertake programs and activities such as producing local newsletters, craft groups and playgroups, as well as assisting children with special needs.

“These important projects will help Defence families stay connected with their local communities and assist them in dealing with the challenges of a highly mobile Defence lifestyle.

“Families are resilient and support each other through the friendships that develop from these projects.” Mr Snowdon said.

A state by state funding breakdown is available at www.defence.gov.au/media

Media contacts: Kate Sieper (Warren Snowdon): 02 6277 7620 or 0488 484 689 Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664

THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

www.defence.gov.au

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