Oct 16, 2010

GRANTS TO PROVIDE MORE SUPPORT FOR VETERANS AROUND AUSTRALIA


Around 200 Ex-Service Organisations across the country have benefited from funding to help continue vital support services to local veteran communities, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, announced today.
Category: Veteran Affairs
Posted by: Chops

VA053 - Saturday, 16 October 2010                                                                                              

Mr Snowdon said nearly $4.4 million has been made available through the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) program, to help Ex-Service Organisations (ESOs) provide essential on-the-ground support to veterans, war widows, widowers and their families.

“Ex-Service Organisations are often the first point-of-contact for many veterans needing assistance to access their benefits. This funding will help ensure they have the right tools, equipment and resources to continue their great work.

“The BEST program has helped purchase resources including internet access and printers, employing trained advocates, pension and welfare officers, and also covers travel expenses for ESOs who extend their support to veterans outside of their area.

“The support provided by ESOs also greatly assists the veteran community in understanding what benefits they are entitled to and how they can access them, including lifestyle or support programs on offer through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the wider veteran community,” Mr Snowdon said.
Since Labor took office, 868 organisations have benefited from more than $14 million in funding through BEST, including an additional funding boost for capital equipment.
Mr Snowdon encouraged all ESOs to take advantage of the funding available from the Australian Government.

For more information on grant programs contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs on
133 254 (metro callers) or 1800 555 254 (non-metro callers), or visit www.dva.gov.au/grants
Editors note: A list of grant recipients is attached.
Media inquiries:      Minister Snowdon: Alice Plate 0400 045 999
                                    Dept of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203


QUEENSLAND BEST RECIPIENTS  
RECIPIENT LOCATION FUNDING DESCRIPTION  TOTAL $
South Burnett ESO Support Centre Wondai Funding for travels, consumables and phone. 8,200
Capricorn Coast Veteran Support Service Yeppoon Funding for internet access, travel, consumables and running costs. 7,440
Far North Queensland Veteran & Ex-Service Support Centre Westcourt Funding for salaries, internet access, travel, consumables and running costs. 16,383
Regular Defence Force Welfare Association Queensland Branch Enoggera Funding for internet access, computer, software, consumables and running costs. 5,865
Australian Army Training Team Vietnam Association Queensland Branch Enoggera Funding for salaries and travel. 24,667
Armed Services Assistance Centre Newfarm Funding for salaries, computers, internet access, travel, consumables and running costs. 47,993
Australian Army Aviation Association Brookfield  Funding for consumables. 250
Central Queensland Veterans' Support Centre Inc Rockhampton  Funding for salaries, travel, internet access, telephone and consumables. 25,538
Legacy Fund of Brisbane South Brisbane  Funding for salaries, travel and consumables. 72,246
Cairns Legacy Club Earlville  Funding for salaries. 11,319
Legacy Club of Fraser Coast & Country Burnett Maryborough Funding for salaries. 13,017
Gold Coast Legacy Club Southport Funding for salaries. 13,583
Rockhampton and Central Queensland Legacy Fund Rockhampton Funding for salaries, internet access and travel. 10,280
Naval Association of Australia Queensland Section Wooloongabba Funding for travel. 600
Naval Association of Australia Sandgate Sub-section Lawnton Funding for internet access and consumables. 518
Beaudesert RSL Sub-branch Beaudesert Funding for travel, consumables and running costs. 2,000
Beenleigh and District RSL Sub-branch Mt Warren Park Funding for salaries, software, travel, consumables and running costs. 12,337
Naval Association of Australia National Council Ninderry Funding for internet access, software, consumables and running costs. 9,165
Beerwah Peachester RSL Sub-branch Beerwah Funding for computer, internet access, travel and consumables. 4,068
Bundaberg ESO Support Centre Bundaberg Funding for salaries, internet access and consumables. 44,051
Cairns RSL Sub-branch  Cairns  Funding for a computer. 1,429
Coolum Peregian Beach RSL Sub-branch Coolum Beach Funding for internet access and consumables. 888
Cooroy Pomona RSL Sub-branch Cooroy Funding for travel, consumables and running costs. 2,000
Currumbin Palm Beach RSL Sub-branch Veterans' Support Centre Currumbin Funding for salaries, travel and consumables. 37,532
Gatton RSL Sub-branch Gatton  Funding for salaries, internet access, travel and consumables. 12,144
Gaythorne RSL Sub-branch Mitchelton Funding for salaries and consumables. 38,423
Gladstone RSL Sub-branch Gladstone Funding for salaries and internet access. 10,890
Gympie RSL Sub-branch Gympie Funding for travel and internet access. 2,720
Hervey Bay RSL Sub-branch Pialba Funding for salaries and consumables. 16,715
Ipswich and District Veterans' Support Group Ipswich Funding for salaries, internet access, travel and running costs. 57,998
Lowood RSL Sub-branch Lowood  Funding for internet access, travel and running costs. 5,309
Maroochydore RSL Sub-branch Maroochydore Funding for computer software. 420
RSL National Servicemen's Combined Central Sub-branch Gracemere Funding for photocopier, software, consumables and running costs. 3,143
Pine Rivers District RSL Sub-branch Kallangur Funding for travel, consumables and internet access. 16,123
Pioneer - Fitzroy - Highlands RSL Sub-branch Mackay Funding for salaries, printer, internet access, travel and consumables. 21,028
Returned and Services League of Australia - Queensland Branch Fortitude Valley  Funding for salaries. 96,012
Redcliffe RSL Sub-branch Redcliffe Funding for salaries, internet access and consumables. 22,040
Redlands RSL Sub-branch  Cleveland  Funding for salaries. 11,319
Runaway Bay RSL Sub-branch Runaway Bay  Funding for salaries and internet access. 5,986
Sandgate RSL Sub-branch  Sandgate Funding for salaries, laptop, software and surge protector. 16,345
Sherwood/Indooroopilly RSL Sub-branch Corinda  Funding for salaries, travel and running costs. 32,241
Surfers Paradise RSL Sub-branch Surfers Paradise  Funding for salaries and consumables. 28,634
Tewantin Noosa RSL Sub-branch Tewantin  Funding for internet access, travel and consumables. 3,057
Tin Can Bay RSL Sub-branch Tin Can Bay  Funding for internet access, consumables and running costs. 1,096
Tweed Heads & Coolangatta RSL Sub-branch Tweed Heads  Funding for salaries, internet access, consumables and running costs. 25,173
Warwick RSL Sub-branch Warwick Funding for internet access. 350
Submarines Association of Australia Queensland Branch Jimboomba  Funding for travel and consumables. 968
Veterans' Support and Advocacy Service Australia Toowong Funding for internet access, travel, consumables and running costs. 13,636
Veterans' Support and Advocacy Service Australia Jimboomba Branch Jimboomba  Funding for internet access and consumables. 685
Veterans' Support and Advocacy Service Australia Warwick Warwick Funding for internet access and consumables. 1,760
Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia Bribie Island & District Sub-branch  Bongaree Funding for internet access, consumables and running costs. 1,650
Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia Hervey Bay City Sub-branch Pialba  Funding for salaries, photocopier, internet access, book and consumables. 16,507
Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia Sunshine Coast Sub-branch Cotton Tree Funding for internet access, consumables and running costs. 3,500
Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia Townsville Sub-branch Hermit Park Funding for internet access, travel and consumables. 3,000
Vietnam Veterans' Federation of Australia Lockyer/Brisbane Valley Sub-branch Laidley  Funding for consumables. 240
Vietnam Veterans' Federation of Australia Queensland Branch Nerang Funding for salaries, internet access, travel, running costs  and consumables. 62,011
Vietnam Veterans' Federation of Australia Rockhampton Sub-branch Rockhampton  Funding for internet access, travel, consumables and running costs. 3,500
Vietnam Veterans' Federation of Australia Townsville Sub-branch Townsville  Funding for salaries, internet access, travel and consumables. 14,290
Naval Association of Capricornia  Rockhampton Funding for computer equipment, photocopier, internet access, travel expenses, consumables and running costs 4,942
Grants = 59  Total $ 925,223

WEST AUSTRALIAN BEST RECIPIENTS
RECIPIENT LOCATION FUNDING DESCRIPTION  TOTAL $
Australian Navy in Vietnam Veterans' Welfare Association of Western Australia East Freemantle  Funding for travel, consumables and running costs. 7,802
Perth Legacy  South Perth  Funding for salaries. 166,564
Naval Association of Australia Western Australia Section Attadale  Funding for consumables and running costs. 1,480
The Partners of Veterans' Association of Western Australia East Perth  Funding for internet access, travel, consumables and running costs. 1,253
Royal Australian Armoured Corps Association Western Australia Branch Cardup Funding for travel, consumables and running costs. 2,425
Bull Creek Veteran Support Centre Bull Creek Funding for computer and accessories, filing cabinet, travel, consumables and running costs. 6,120
Regular Defence Force Welfare Association Western Australia Branch Karrakatta Funding for travel and consumables. 7,459
Albany RSL Sub-branch Albany Funding for internet access, consumables and running costs. 2,150
Bicton Palmyra RSL Sub-branch Bicton Funding for a computer, printer, internet access, consumables and running costs. 6,449
Mandurah RSL Sub-branch Mandurah Funding for salaries, travel, internet access and running costs. 13,033
Pinjarra RSL Sub-branch Pinjarra Funding for internet access, travel and consumables. 1,750
City of Rockingham RSL Sub-branch Point Peron Funding for internet access and consumables. 1,800
Serpentine - Jarrahdale RSL Sub-branch Byford  Funding for a printer, internet access, consumables and running costs. 5,353
Returned & Services League of Australia - Western Australia Branch Perth Funding for salaries, travel, consumables and running costs. 146,754
Yanchep/Two Rocks RSL Sub-branch  Two Rocks  Funding for internet access, travel and consumables. 1,280
Vietnam Logistic Support Veterans' Association Western Australia Duncraig Funding for travel and consumables. 8,640
Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia National Council Canning Vale  Funding for travel, computer systems upgrades and modem. 14,000
Grants = 17  Total $ 394,313

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN AND NORTHERN TERRITORY BEST RECIPIENTS
RECIPIENT LOCATION FUNDING DESCRIPTION  TOTAL $
Fleurieu Peninsula Veterans' Community Association McLaren Vale Funding for internet access. 800
Legacy Club of Adelaide Adelaide Funding for salaries, internet access and travel. 182,003
Naval Association of Australia Beachvale Sub-section Christie Downs Funding for internet access, travel, consumables and running costs. 3,989
Plympton Glenelg RSL Pensions Office Plympton Funding for a computer, internet access, travel and consumables. 6,632
RAAF Association Mitcham Branch Hawthorn Funding for internet access, travel, running costs and consumables. 9,000
RAAF Association South Australia Division Adelaide Funding for travel, consumables and running costs. 1,000
Darwin RSL Sub-branch Darwin Funding for internet access, software, travel and consumables. 3,900
Mannum RSL Sub-branch Mannum Funding for internet access, travel, consumables and running costs. 2,940
Mt Gambier RSL Sub-branch Mount Gambier Funding for internet access, travel and consumables. 4,000
Returned and Services League of Australia - South Australia Branch Adelaide Funding for salaries and travel. 83,868
Returned and Services League of Australia - South Australia Branch -Training and Information Program Adelaide Funding for salaries. 23,151
Tailem Bend RSL Sub-branch Tailem Bend Funding for a laptop, internet access, travel and running costs. 3,098
The Association of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Service Men and Women South Australia Branch Richmond Funding for internet access, travel, consumables and running costs. 5,488
The Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Service Men and Women Richmond Funding for internet access, equipment maintenance, running costs and training. 13,215
Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia - Northern Territory Branch Freds Pass Funding for internet access, travel and consumables. 5,000
Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia - South Australia Branch Adelaide Funding for internet access, travel, consumables and running costs. 47,300
Vietnam Veterans' Federation - South Australia Branch Warradale Funding for internet access, software, travel and consumables. 5,361
Yorke Peninsula Veterans & Community Centre Kadina Funding for internet access, consumables and running costs. 3,158
Grants = 18  Total $ 403,903

NSW AND ACT BEST RECIPIENTS
RECIPIENT LOCATION FUNDING DESCRIPTION  TOTAL $
Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans' Association National Executive Torquay Funding for a fulltime advocate. 53,134
Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans' Association NSW & ACT Branches Marom Creek Funding for internet access. 380
Australian Veterans & Defence Services Council Sydney  Funding for salaries, internet access, office equipment and running costs. 26,600
Blue Mountains Vietnam Veterans & Associated Forces  Springwood  Funding for internet access, travel, consumables and running costs. 5,176
Defence Force Welfare Association National Office RMC Duntroon  Funding for salaries. 9,261
Extremely Disabled War Veterans' Association of Newcastle & Hunter Region Gateshead Funding for computer, internet access, travel, running costs and consumables. 3,643
ESO Advocacy NSW Albion Park Funding for salaries, consumables and running costs. 25,947
Illawarra Veterans' Entitlement Service Albion Park Funding for internet access, travel and consumables. 3,550
Integrated Service People's Association of Australia Bethungra Funding for salaries, internet access, travel and consumables. 12,602
The Legacy Club of Canberra Deakin Funding for salaries and internet access. 25,270
Coffs Harbour Legacy Welfare Fund Coffs Harbour  Funding for salaries, internet access, travel and telephone. 59,781
Far North Coast Legacy Club Lismore Funding for salaries, internet access, travel, consumables and running costs. 27,164
Grafton Legacy  Grafton  Funding for salaries. 9,162
Newcastle Legacy Mayfield Funding for salaries, internet access and consumables. 23,614
Port Stephens Legacy Mallabula Funding for consumables and internet access. 1,000
Sydney Legacy Sydney Funding for salaries. 136,727
The Naval Association of Australia Ballina Sub-section Ballina  Funding for internet access and consumables. 1,097
Naval Association of Australia Rooty Hill Sub-section Sydney Funding for internet access. 1,050
Newcastle & Hunter Region Vietnam Veterans' Wallsend  Funding for travel, consumables, telephone and internet access. 10,019
Partners of Veterans' Association of Australia National Office Belmont Funding for internet access, software, consumables and running costs. 3,874
Alstonville RSL Sub-branch Alstonville  Funding for internet access, travel, consumables and running costs. 4,500
Angeles City RSL Sub-branch (Philippines) Angeles City Funding for internet access and consumables. 2,100
Armidale RSL Sub-branch Armidale Funding for salaries, computer, internet access, travel and consumables. 40,219
Ashfield RSL Sub-branch Ashfield Funding for salaries and internet access. 12,750
Avalon Beach RSL Sub-branch Avalon Beach  Funding for consumables. 1,190
Ballina RSL Sub-branch Ballina  Funding for salaries, internet access, consumables and travel. 11,356
Bangalow RSL Sub-branch Bangalow  Funding for internet access and consumables. 1,339
Boolaroo Speers Point RSL Sub-branch Spears Point  Funding for internet access, office furniture and consumables. 1,073
Brunswick Heads/Billinudgel RSL Sub-branch Brunswick Heads  Funding for internet access, software, travel, consumables and running costs. 4,400
Cardiff RSL Sub-branch Cardiff Funding for internet access and consumables. 1,239
Cessnock RSL Sub-branch Cessnock Funding for internet access, software and consumables. 701
City of Albury RSL Sub-branch Albury  Funding for internet access, consumables and running costs. 3,810
City of Lismore RSL Sub-branch Lismore  Funding for travel, computer upgrade, internet access and running costs. 2,460
Coffs Harbour RSL Sub-branch Coffs Harbour Funding for consumables and travel. 3,000
Cowra RSL Sub-branch Cowra Funding for internet access, office equipment, travel, consumables and running costs. 5,052
Dorrigo RSL Sub-branch Dorrigo  Funding for internet access, travel and consumables. 1,264
Dungog RSL Sub-branch Dungog Funding for travel, internet access and consumables. 5,232
Forster Tuncurry RSL Sub-branch Forster Funding for internet access, software, travel and consumables. 2,160
Goulburn RSL Sub-branch Goulburn Funding for internet access, consumables and running costs. 1,278
Huskisson RSL Sub-branch Huskisson  Funding for computers, internet access, travel and consumables. 12,591
Karuah RSL Sub-branch Karuah Funding for internet access, consumables and running costs. 1,499
Kyogle RSL Sub-branch Kyogle  Funding for internet access, travel and consumables. 8,717
Maclean RSL Sub-branch Mclean  Funding for internet access and consumables. 1,340
Maitland RSL Sub-branch Maitland  Funding for internet access, consumables and running costs. 2,100
Medowie RSL Sub-branch Medowie Funding for consumables. 569
Mittagong RSL Sub-branch Mittagong Funding for internet access, travel, consumables and salaries. 2,678
Moruya RSL Sub-branch Moruya Funding for internet costs. 360
Returned and Services League of Australia - NSW Branch  Campbell Funding for salaries, travel and consumables. 260,409
Ourimbah Lisarow RSL Sub-branch Ourimbah Funding for consumables. 500
OZVETS Pension, Welfare and Support Centre Queanbeyan  Funding for internet access and consumables. 1,940
Tamworth RSL Sub-branch Tamworth Funding for salaries, internet access, anti virus software, consumables, running costs and travel. 37,652
Toronto RSL Sub-branch Toronto Funding for internet access, travel and consumables. 2,920
Wallsend RSL Sub-section Wallsend Funding for internet access and consumables. 1,129
Returned and Services League of Australia Sydney  Funding for salaries. 44,000
Woolgoolga RSL Sub-branch Woolgoolga Funding for internet access, travel and consumables. 4,234
Woy Woy Ettalong Hardys Bay RSL Sub-branch Ettalong Funding for salaries, internet access, travel and consumables. 7,845
Taree Vietnam Veterans Association Taree Funding for computer hardware and software, internet access, consumables, and running costs.  1,806
Vietnam Veterans Peacekeepers & Peacemakers Veterans Association - Hastings Manning Macleay Branch Wauchope Funding for internet access, travel and consumables. 7,750
Vietnam Veterans' Peacekeepers & Peacemakers Association NSW Branch Granville  Funding for salaries, internet access and Outreach program. 283,064
Vietnam Veterans' Peacekeeper & Peacemaker Association of Australia Riverina Sub-branch Wagga Wagga  Funding for internet access and consumables. 678
Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia Far North Coast Sub-branch Goonellabah Funding for computer hardware and software, internet access, telephone, travel and running costs.  28,917
Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia Illawarra Sub-branch Wollongong Funding for consumables and running costs. 4,550
Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia Macarthur Sub-branch Campbelltown  Funding for travel, consumables, telephones and internet access. 16,140
Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia Ryde City and Districts Sub-branch Ryde  Funding for internet access, travel, consumables and telephone charges. 8,170
Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia St Mary's Outpost Sub-branch St Marys Funding for internet access, travel , telephone and consumables. 18,500
Vietnam Veterans' Federation - ACT Branch Page Funding for salaries, internet access, consumables and telephone. 98,820
Vietnam Veterans' Federation  Granville  Funding for administration costs. 3,500
Grants = 67  Total $ 1,406,553

VICTORIAN BEST RECIPIENTS
RECIPIENT LOCATION FUNDING DESCRIPTION  TOTAL $
Australian Peacekeeper & Peacemaker Veterans' Association Torquay  Funding for internet access, travel, printer, digital note taker and running costs. 8,801
Australian Peacekeeper & Peacemaker Veterans' Association Torquay  Funding for salaries 168,861
Australian Peacekeeper & Peacemaker Veterans' Association Victorian Branch Ringwood Funding for internet access, software, consumables and running costs. 2,683
Ballarat Veterans' Support Group Ballarat Funding for salaries and internet access. 46,151
Bass Coast Veterans & Dependants Welfare Centre Wonthaggi Funding for salaries, software, internet access, travel and consumables. 37,255
Casey Regional Veterans' Welfare Centre Cranbourne  Funding for internet access, consumables and running costs. 1,650
Central Victorian Veterans' Support Centre Bendigo  Funding for salaries, office equipment, internet access, travel and consumables. 66,241
Echuca Moama Veterans' Support Centre Echuca Funding for a laptop, laser printer, internet access, consumables and running costs. 4,197
Geelong Veterans' Support Centre Geelong  Funding for salaries, laptop, internet access and consumables. 62,743
Gippsland Veterans' Welfare Centre  Sale  Funding for salaries, internet access, software, consumables and running costs. 168,904
Goulburn Valley Veterans' Services Shepparton  Funding for internet costs and consumables. 1,600
Heidelberg Repatriation Veterans' Centre Heidelberg  Funding for salaries and internet access. 44,416
Hume Veterans' Information Centre Wodonga Funding for salaries, printer, internet access, furniture and running costs. 51,924
Legacy Australia Council Melbourne Funding for a filing cabinet, digital voice recorder and consumables. 9,900
Legacy Melbourne Melbourne Funding for salaries. 47,540
Legacy Melbourne - Victorian Legacy Clubs Melbourne Funding for internet access. 8,205
Leongatha & Districts Veterans' Welfare Centre Leongatha Funding for salaries, internet access and consumables. 19,243
Melbourne Veterans' and Services Support Centre Southbank Funding for salaries, internet access and consumables. 102,388
Mitchell Veterans' Centre Seymour  Funding for internet access and consumables. 1,000
Regular Defence Force Welfare Association Victoria Branch Southbank  Funding for a computer, internet access and software. 2,210
South Eastern Regional Veterans' Centre Oakleigh Funding for salaries, internet access and stationery. 48,470
South West Veterans' Centre Warrnambool Funding for travel, internet access and running costs. 3,100
Southern Peninsula Veterans' Centre Rosebud Funding for salaries, internet access, travel, consumables and running costs. 52,411
Sunraysia Regional Veterans' Centre Mildura Funding for salaries, internet access and running costs. 34,917
Surf Coast Regional Veterans' Centre Torquay  Funding for salaries, internet access and consumables. 57,092
Swan Hill & District Veterans' Information Centre Swan Hill Funding for salaries, computers, internet access, travel and consumables. 34,571
West Gippsland Veterans' Welfare Centre Drouin Funding for internet access and consumables. 1,750
Western Suburbs Veterans & Services Centre Melton  Funding for salaries and internet access. 25,619
Grants = 28  Total $ 1,113,841

TASMANIAN BEST RECIPIENTS
RECIPIENT LOCATION FUNDING DESCRIPTION  TOTAL $
BEST Joint Venture Tasmania Hobart Funding for salaries, information centre costs and consumables. 111,845
Hobart Legacy Hobart  Funding for salaries and internet access. 26,390
Launceston Legacy Launceston Funding for salaries, internet access and consumables. 8,490
Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen and Women - Tasmanian Branch Newtown Funding for salaries. 5,773
Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia Tasmania Glen Huon  Funding for travel and consumables. 327
Grants = 5  Total $ 152,825
   
Total grants = 194  National total $4,398,308