Local veterans benefit from restored funding


North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald today welcomed the restoration of Australian Government funding to assisting ex-service organisations continue their important work with the local veteran community.

Senator Macdonald said the RSL Qld Edmonton Sub­branch Inc in the Kennedy electorate would receive nearly $10,000 under the restored Building Excellence in Support and Training grants program.

  These grants assist the largely voluntary ex-service organisation workforce to help the veteran and defence communities, and their families, access Department of Veterans’ Affairs entitlements and services.

  “This funding will help the RSL to provide a range of veteran support measures including salaries for trained advocates and pension staff, and administrative needs, including essential office supplies such as computer equipment and internet access and

I congratulate them for their ongoing commitment to the local veteran community,” the Senator said.

 Overall, 141 organisations will share in a total of nearly $3.8 million in funding allocated in BEST Round 16.

  Senator Macdonald said this round of funding included an additional $1 million reinstated as part of the 2014-2015 Budget.

  “The Abbott Government has restored advocacy and support funding for the veteran community which was cut by Labor.The 2014-15 budget provides an additional $1 million per year to the Building Excellence in Support and Training  program over the forward estimates. This funding will support the work of veterans’ advocates in helping veterans, war widows and widowers to access important information and services.”

  “The additional funding will support the work of veterans’ advocates, welfare and pension officers right across the country and provide them with greater certainty into the future.”

 The Government consulted with the ex-service community to determine how best to spend the additional money and these changes have been actioned.

 For more information on DVA grants CLICK HERE or call 1800 555 254.

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