Next steps for Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs expansion to Hunter Region
The Hon Matt Keogh MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Ms Meryl Swanson MP
Member for Patterson
The Australian Government has awarded RSL LifeCare Veteran Services $50,000 in grant funding to support the development of a business case to establish a Veterans’ and Families’ Hub to be located in Maitland.
The successful application by RSL LifeCare, supported by RSL NSW, brings the establishment of a Hub in the Hunter Region, New South Wales, one step closer.
RSL LifeCare Veteran Services will now work in partnership with RSL NSW, alongside local ex-service organisations and veteran charities to establish a business case for a new Hub, designed to deliver the services and supports veterans and families need, close to home.
The proposal continues to build on RSL LifeCare Veteran Services’ own strong connections to the NSW veteran community following the establishment of a Hub in Nowra, funded under the Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs program, as well as self-funded hubs in Wagga Wagga, Dee Why and Newcastle.
Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs provide access to important veteran services, which may include mental and physical health services, wellbeing support, advocacy, employment and housing advice, and social connection.
Any current and former serving Australian Defence Force members, reservists and families can access support through the Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs.
For more information about Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs, visit www.dva.gov.au/vfhubs
Quotes attributed to Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Matt Keogh
“It is fantastic to see the progress being made in the expansion of the Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs program, to bring services and support to the doorsteps of our veteran community across the country.
“Services provided by hubs are tailored to the local community, delivered in partnership with state, territory and local government, ex-service organisations and community groups.
“The Business case process allows for enhanced stakeholder consultation, to ensure the Hub is best equipped to meet the needs of the local veteran community and can be maintained and sustained for many years to come.”
Quotes attributed to Member for Paterson, Meryl Swanson
“The local veteran community in the Hunter region will benefit from a range of services available close to home to support their health and wellbeing. These services are yet to be determined, however they will be delivered according to the needs of our Hunter region veteran community.
“Any current serving Australian Defence Force members, veterans and families in Paterson and surrounding region will be able to access support from the hub once it opens down the track.”