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Queensland veterans benefit from more than $246,000 in Australian Government funding.

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Minister for Veterans' Affairs Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence

Friday 02 December 2005 VA216


Organisations that provide care and support to the Queensland veteran community will receive Australian Government funding of $246 086, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, De-Anne Kelly, announced today.

Mrs Kelly said 19 Queensland organisations would receive Veteran & Community Grants for projects including:

● $68 134 to the Logan & District RSL Sub-branch to assist in buying a replacement bus to

continue providing a community transport service to the local veteran community; ● $50 607 to FSG Australia to implement a “Women’s Wellness” project for the wives, partners

and widows of veterans throughout the Gold Coast and neighbouring areas; and ● $34 508 to the Queensland University of Technology to support Cooking for One or Two classes

for veterans as part of its community nutrition curriculum.

"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."

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