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Veteran organisations to receive $231,967 in grants.

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Media Release


The Hon Bruce Scott MP

Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Federal Member for Maranoa



15 July 1998


The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Scott, has approved 33 grants totalling $2 31,967 to ex-service organisation nation-wide under the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Claims Assistance Grants Scheme (CAGS).

Announcing the grants today, Mr Scott said that CAGS was set up to provide direct funding to ex-service organisations to help handle increased numbers of compensation claims and appeals lodged with the Department and the Veterans’ Review Board.

"Since ex-service organisations play a vital role in helping veterans and their dependants make claims and follow-up appeals, this should lead to more timely decisions and a reduction in the backlog of reviews," Mr Scott said.

"For this reason, the Federal Government has allocated $1.7 million to this scheme."

"The grants scheme honours an election promise in which the Coalition undertook to review the claims process to make it fairer, better understood and more efficient," Mr Scott said.

The approved grants are listed below.

New South Wales

  • $7,855 to the A.C.T Kindred Organisations Committee;
  • $20,000 to the VVAA Hastings/Manning/Macleay Sub- Branch;
  • $3,000 to the Lismore RSL Sub-Branch;
  • $1,500 to the Coffs Harbour RSL Sub-Branch;
  • $1,620 to the VVAA Orana and Far West Region;
  • $4,000 to the National Malaya and Borneo Veterans' Association;
  • $4,500 to the Wollondilly RSL Sub-Branch;
  • $5,000 to the Gilgandra RSL;
  • $5,200 to the Goulburn RSL, and
  • $2,500 to the Central Coast Hunter Valley Vietnam Forces.


  • $30,000 to the RSL in Association with RAAFA;
  • $36,000 to the RSL/VVAA Veterans' Centres, West Gippsland and Warrnambool;
  • $5,000 to the West Gippsland Veterans' Center;
  • $5,500 to the RDFWA Victoria Branch, and
  • $7,000 to the Swan Hill VVAA, Legacy and RSL Pensions Group.


  • $7,700 to the Vietnam Veterans' Federation (QLD);
  • $4,613 to the Coolangatta/Tweed Heads Legacy;
  • $3,00 0 to the Gold Coast Legacy Club Inc.;
  • $4,500 to the Murgon RSL;
  • $2,000 to the Rockhampton & CQ Legacy Fund Inc.;
  • $5,000 to the Veterans' Service & Advocacy Service Jimboomba Sub-Branch;
  • $3,265 to the Gympie R&SL;
  • $1,000 to the Tewantin Noosa R&SL;
  • $5,000 to the Charters Towers Sub-Branch R&SL;
  • $1,999 to the Western District RSL;
  • $5,000 to the Roma RSL;
  • $3,515 to the Warwick RSL, and
  • $2,100 to the Caboolture RSL.

South Australia

  • $12,000 to the Legacy Club of Adelaide Inc.

Western Australia

  • $20,00 0 to the RSL WA Branch;
  • $6,000 to the RAAF Association - Mandurah Branch, and
  • $3,500 to the Special Air Service Association.


  • $3,100 to the Longford R&SLA Sub-Branch

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