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Moncrieff veterans groups benefit from Federal funding.

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The Hon. Danna Vale MP Minister for Veterans' Affairs Media Release

Tuesday 20 July 2004 VA073


More than $10,000 in Australian Government grants will benefit veterans in Moncrieff, the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Danna Vale, and Federal Member for Moncrieff, Mr Steve Ciobo announced today.

Mrs Vale said during a visit to the Gold Coast, that she had approved three Veteran & Community Grants and one Saluting Their Service grant in recognition of the needs of more than 4600 veterans and war widows in the Moncrieff electorate.

$3700 will go to the Surfers Paradise RSL Sub-branch for the Beaufighter and Boston Association of Queensland. This grant will help the Association buy a computer system, scanner, and printer to support the continued production of a members newsletter titled ‘The Whisperer’. The newsletter aims to improve the health and well being of the membership by providing a range of health related information as well as information on activities and social events.

The Vietnam Veterans Social Golf Club will receive a grant of $3600 to help the Club meet the cost of bus hire to enable members to participate in a series of golf trips to different venues in south east Queensland and northern New South Wales.

$2600 will benefit the Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen and Women Gold Coast/Tweed Heads Districts Centre. This grant will assist the Association in meeting the cost of hiring a bus to take its members on a series of day trip outings. The outings will allow frail and disabled members to participate in an activity that helps to overcome their social isolation and improve their health and well being.

More than $2.8 million in funding is available for Veteran & Community Grants in 2004-05, providing important assistance to projects across Australia to help veterans, war widows and their dependants.

“Projects receiving Veteran & Community Grants include health education, lifestyle enhancement, community activities and help for carers and independent living at home,” Mrs Vale said.

A $3000 Saluting Their Service grant will assist the D Company 9 RAR Reunion with the costs of holding a 35th Reunion commemorating D Company, 9 RAR's return to Australia from Vietnam.

Since the launch of the Saluting Their Service commemorations program in 1997, more than $7 million in grants to over 3000 ex-service and community organisations has been approved. Projects supported have included the restoration and construction of community war memorials, displays of wartime memorabilia and commemoration of significant wartime anniversaries.

“Australians are grateful to our veterans and service personnel for their service and sacrifice in war and conflict and for their continuing contribution to our community,” Mrs Vale said.

“Through these grants, the Australian Government is recognising the important contributions that have been made by our veterans by providing project funding to ex-service organisations and other groups who meet the needs of our local veteran community.”

Media Contact: Claire Bannon 02 6277 7820 or 0423 781 896