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Minister for Veterans' Affairs Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence

Friday 12 October 2007 VA176

$38,000 BOOST FOR WA VETERAN COMMUNITY

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Billson, today announced grants totalling $38,000 will be distributed to local organisations in Western Australia as part of the Australian Government’s Veteran & Community Grants program.

Mr Billson said the funding demonstrated the Government’s commitment to supporting organisations dedicated to the welfare of Australia’s veterans.

“Veteran & Community Grants provide an important source of funding for projects that support a healthy, quality lifestyle for members of the veteran community,” Mr Billson said.

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

Projects and initiatives supported through the grants program have included day clubs, purchasing equipment for Men’s Sheds around Australia, health programs including Cooking for One or Two and a range of social activities for the veteran community.

“The Australian Government is providing much needed support for a range of projects designed to help veterans, war widows and widowers and their dependants across Australia,” Mr Billson said.

“Veteran & Community Grants are available to ex-service and community organisations, veteran representative groups and private organisations that contribute to improvements in the quality of life of members of the veteran community.

“More than $3.1 million in funding is available to eligible organisations through these grants in 2007-08, providing much needed support for a range of projects designed to help veterans, war widows and widowers and their dependants across Australia.

“Our veterans deserve our support for their service and sacrifice in the defence of our nation, and for their continuing role in the development of our community,” he said.

For more information about the Veteran & Community Grants program, go to www.dva.gov.au/health/grants or contact your DVA State office on 1300 550 465.

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Media inquiries: Cameron Hill 0408 239 521

Veteran & Community Grant Western Australia Recipients

z The Shire of Esperance will receive a grant of $32,629 to help

purchase equipment to establish a new Men’s Shed.

z The WA RSL on behalf of the Bridgetown Sub-branch will receive a

grant of $1000 to help purchase a weatherproof marquee for use in health related projects in the Bridgetown area.

z The Legacy Fund of Perth will receive a grant of $3000 to help

purchase furniture for Legacy’s Busselton Holiday Camp.

z Veterans for Fitness will receive a grant of $1073 to help purchase T-shirts and hats for the Craigie Veterans for Fitness group.

z The Veterans & Partners Exercise Group will receive a grant of $1187

to help purchase T-shirts for the Bunbury Veterans & Partners Exercise Group.

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