Thursday, July 25, 2024

$5m boost to Victorian veterans’ services

Services and supports for veterans and their families in the Surf Coast and Geelong region will soon be enhanced, with the Federal Government awarding RSL Victoria a $5 million grant to establish a new Veterans’ and Families’ Hub with satellite services across the region.

Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Matt Thistlethwaite says the announcement is great news for more than 6,600 veterans in the region, who will now be able to access the support they need and deserve, closer to home.

“The Surf Coast and Geelong Hub will build on RSL Victoria’s experience leading the existing Geelong RSL Hub and the Tim Fischer AC Veterans’ and Families’ Hub in Wodonga,” the Minister said.

“This Hub will ensure easier access to more services in a veteran and family friendly environment in the Surf Coast and Geelong region.

“Each veteran community around the country is different so it’s essential we’re developing Hubs that provide targeted support, not taking a cookie-cutter approach. This hub and spoke style Hub will assist veterans easily access the supports they need.”

The Hub will be centrally located in Geelong and will have major satellite sites at the Torquay and Queenscliff RSLs, servicing both the Bellarine and the Surf Coast. Surf Coast Shire facilities will also play an important role in hosting social and recreational programs for local veterans.

“This is an important next step for the Geelong veteran community. These services and their delivery will make a vital contribution in Geelong and across the region,” said Deputy PM and Member for Corio, Richard Marles.

For more information about Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs, visit www.dva.gov.au/vfhubs.

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