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Funding support for Hunter Defence families.



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Sandy Macdonald The Nationals Senator for NSW www.sandymacdonald.com.au 24 August 2004

Funding support for Hunter Defence families

The Singleton Area Military Support Network has received a grant of $9,642 through the Australian Government’s Defence Family Support Funding Program, NSW Senator Sandy Macdonald announced today.

“This group provides a support network for Defence members and their families in the Singleton area. This group puts together a regular newsletter and also provides welcome kits for new Defence families,” Senator Macdonald said.

“I am pleased to announce this funding because the families of our Defence personnel deserve all the support the Government and the community can give them,” he said.

Australia-wide, the Australian Government has approved more than $935,000 in funding under this program for more than 100 Defence Family projects.

Senator Macdonald said the Singleton Area Military Support Network (SAMSN) has recently amalgamated with the Service Wives Initiating Self Help (SWISH) program.

“The SWISH group teaches new skills, develops self esteem and confidence, and offers craft activities with child care options,” he said.

“Groups such as SWISH and SAMSN are important in Defence communities because so often families are relocated to an area where they have no friends or family. It is important for these families to connect with the local community with as much ease as possible.”

“I congratulate the Singleton Defence support group on this funding and I hope it will provide opportunities for families to participate in local activities and form new friendships,” Senator Macdonald said.

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