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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Lead organisation for Tasmanian veterans’ hub named

The Federal Government has today announced veterans’ welfare group, the North West Tasmania Veteran Welfare Board, as the lead organisation to establish the new Burnie Veterans’ and Families’ Hub.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Matt Keogh said the new hub will strengthen and expand support services to veterans and families in the North West of Tasmania.

“I am pleased to announce the business case put forward by the North West Tasmania Veteran Welfare Board has been successful, they will lead the development of the next Veterans’ and Families’ Hub in Burnie,” Minister Keogh said.

“The North West Tasmania Veteran Welfare Board is already delivering localised support as well as social and community building activities. The establishment of the new Hub will expand support that veterans and families will benefit from for years to come.

“All veterans, current serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and families will be able to access a range of support services from the Hub, including for mental and physical health, advocacy, wellbeing support, employment and housing advice, as well as social connectedness.

“Burnie is the second region in Tasmania to receive funding through the Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs program, with RSL Launceston already benefiting from the program.”

The October 2022-23 Federal Budget provided funding for eight new Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs and the continued development of hubs in Southeast Queensland and Tasmania.

“The Australian Government has announced a further $46.7 million in funding to develop more Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs across the country to support a better future for the veteran community,” Minister Keogh said.

“The additional hubs will more than double the size of the network, and will help the more than 581,000 people who are currently serving or who have served in the Australian Defence Force, and their families, receive the support they need, where they need it.”

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

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