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Queensland veterans benefit from $258 5902 in Australian Government funding.



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M E D I A R E L E A S E

M i n i s t e r f o r V e t e r a n s ’ A f f a i r s

M i n i s t e r A s s i s t i n g t h e M i n i s t e r f o r D e f e n c e

T H E H O N. D E - A N N E K E L L Y B E M P

Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 Telephone: (02) 6277 7820 Facsimile: (02) 6273 4140

VA133 Friday 30 September 2005

QUEENSLAND VETERANS BENEFIT FROM $258 592 IN AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT FUNDING

Organisations that provide care and support to the Queensland veteran community will receive Australian Government funding of $258 592, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, De-Anne Kelly, announced today.

Mrs Kelly said 17 Queensland organisations would receive Veteran & Community Grants for projects including upgrading facilities in RSL halls, a community bus, a portable PA system and equipment to support the production of a member’s newsletter.

“More than $2.8 million in funding is available for Veteran & Community Grants in 2005-06, providing important assistance to projects across Australia to help the veteran community,” Mrs Kelly said.

“Veteran & Community Grants support a range of important community activities which promote healthy lifestyles, help veterans live independently at home and support carers.”

Mrs Kelly said the grants provided project funding to ex-service organisations and other groups best placed to meet the needs of veterans, war widows and their dependants.

“Importantly, a lot of the projects also create benefits for the wider community, by improving the services available to many Australians,” Mrs Kelly said.

“Australians are grateful to our veterans and service personnel for their service and sacrifice in the defence of our nation and for their continuing contribution to our community.

“Through these grants to ex-service organisations and other groups, the Australian Government recognises the contribution of those who have served by assisting them in their local community.”

Media contact: Craig Clarke 0417 889 423