Supporting our veterans in Lindsay

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne today announced Coalition Government funding for a community project in Lindsay that is set to benefit local veterans.

Senator Payne said City of Penrith RSL sub-Branch will receive $6,900 to purchase various items to furnish the Drop In Centre in Penrith that will be used to reduce social isolation for all veteran cohorts, including 400 Legacy widows in the catchment area.  

Senator Payne congratulated City of Penrith RSL sub-Branch on securing the grant for the Drop In Centre under the Veteran and Community Grants program.

“The Australian Government is committed to improving the quality of life for veterans and their families in Lindsay and beyond,” Senator Payne said.

“As incredibly valuable and respected members of our community we place importance on providing funding such as this to ensure these much-needed services continue. 

“The dedication and hard work of local organisations such as the City of Penrith RSL sub-Branch such ensure veterans and their families receive services, support and opportunities that allow them to continue active roles in their communities,” Senator Payne said.

City of Penrith RSL sub-Branch Welfare Co-ordinator, John Fenton was pleased with the funding.

“The City of Penrith RSL sub-Branch is very pleased that the Minister has approved our application for a Veteran and Community Grant to be utilised in the establishment of a Drop In Centre,” Mr Fenton said.

“The aim of the Drop In Centre is to provide a safe, welcoming and informal environment for veterans of all demographics where they can discuss issues of concern to them with multi-disciplined volunteers or just relax in a setting which aims to overcome social isolation.”

“I encourage all ex-service and community organisations, veteran groups and private organisations that contribute to the health and welfare of the veteran community to apply for funding through the DVA Veteran and Community Grants program,” Senator Payne said.

From February 2018, Veteran and Community Grants will be available online through the Australian Government’s Community Grants Hub. Visit www.communitygrants.gov.au to subscribe for alerts about veteran and other community grants.

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