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South-west Queensland veterans get direct service as new Toowoomba office opens.

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Media Release


The Hon Bruce Scott MP

Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Federal Member for Maranoa



May 18, 1998


More than 10,000 veterans and war widows living in South- West Queensland will have improved access to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs with the official opening of the new Toowoomba Veterans’ Affairs Network (VAN) office by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Member for Maranoa, Bruce Scott.

The opening will take place today, Monday May 18, at 10.30am at the new VAN office at 99 Russell Street.

The Toowoomba VAN office will service an area from Gatton in the east to Charleville and Cunnamulla in the west, taking in centres including Warwick, Dalby, Oakey, Goondiwindi, Chinchilla and Stanthorpe.

"The Federal Government has made a commitment to increase the level of service available to people in rural and remote areas and services to veterans and their families are a key part of that policy," Mr Scott said.

"With the Veterans’ Affairs Network office open for business in Toowoomba and the Roma and District Community Support Association providing a contracted Information and Enquiry Service, we are now delivering coordinated services to the whole of South-West Queensland."

VAN staff are able to offer advice and information covering all benefits and services available through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Included is a Community Development Service, to ensure veterans have access to local services they need and an extended visiting program, enabling veterans from remote areas to meet staff face to face on a regular basis.

"Toowoomba is the ideal location to establish a permanent presence for Veterans’ Affairs in the region," the Minister said.

"It is well-known as the gateway to the Darling Downs and the South-West and this office is well-placed to meet the needs of veterans from surrounding areas who travel to Toowoomba in the course of their business."

The Toowoomba VAN Office can be contacted on 07 4638 1555.

Guest of honour for the opening ceremony is Toowoomba veteran Jack Mayne, 102, who served with the 1 st AIF in France during World War I.

"As I announced last month, the French Government has decided to make the marvellous gesture of awarding its highest decoration, the Legion of Honour, to surviving Australian World War I veterans who fought in France," Mr Scott said.

"I am pleased to say that Mr Mayne is among those whose names have been submitted to France to be considered for this honour."

Media Contact: Melissa McKerihan 02 6277 7820 or 0419 607 783