Local programs and activities that support the health and well-being of veterans and their families in Warrnambool have received a funding boost.
Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said RSL Warrnambool Sub-Branch Incorporated had attracted funding of $5,925 to undertake two projects as part of the Governments Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) program.
The first project will offer a pilot 10 week financial education and behaviour change program to five Warrnambool veteran families and the second project will replace their laptop computer to assist with the production of a newsletter and organisation of club outings.
“Our community organisations, ex-service organisations and other local veteran groups provide valuable services and support to veterans and their families, and this funding will help them to further improve these services,” Mr Tehan said.
“In Wannon we have a large community of veterans and their families who will benefit from these programs and I encourage them to get involved by reaching out to one of these organisations.
“I congratulate all the organisations who have been offered funding and I thank them for the essential support they continue to provide our local communities.”
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said more than $470,000 in funding has been announced for 28 projects under the latest round of the V&CG program.
“Bringing veterans and their families together through local programs is a great way for veterans to engage in social activities and bond with other veterans who share similar life experiences from the time they served and in civilian life,” Mr Chester said.
“The funding will also go towards the development of new programs and services to help reduce social isolation and improve mental health by supporting local social events, upgrading existing facilities and providing transportation for veterans to participate in community events.
“This funding not only supports local veterans and their families, but also the local community by supporting local employment and businesses.”