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Improved access to veteran services in north-western Tasmania.

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Media Release


The Hon Bruce Scott MP

Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Federal Member for Maranoa



21 May 1998


Veterans and their dependants in north-western Tasmania will have improved a ccess to Departmental services with the launch today of a ‘visiting service’ to Devonport and Burnie, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Scott said.

Officers from the Retirement Service Centre at Launceston will visit either the Adult Education Centre in Burnie or the Community and Health Services Centre in Devonport every Veterans’ Affairs pension pay day Thursday.

This is an extension of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs country visits program in Tasmania.

"My Department realises that with passing years, some veterans in northern Tasmania find it difficult to get into Launceston," Mr Scott said.

"It’s important that everyone has access to these services. Devonport and Burnie are the largest population centres on the north-west coast.

"I’m pleased that veterans are already taking advantage of the service. Appointments today are fully booked.

"Changes to the country visit program are being undertaken in consultation with the ex-service community. This is a further example that this Government and my Department are responsive to the needs of the ageing veteran community."

Future appointments can be made by phoning a freecall number 1800 11 33 04.

Media contact Melissa McKerihan

02 6277 7820 or 0419 607 783