New bus to continue important work to help veterans

Monday, 9 July 2018

Ex-service and service personnel in Hervey Bay will benefit from a $79,428 Veteran and Community Grant which will be used to purchase a new bus.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt congratulated the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch on its successful application.

“Reducing social isolation is an important part of the work the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-branch does and a new bus will make this job easier,” Mr Pitt said.

The new bus will be able to transport 22 people including the driver.

Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch president Brian Tidyman said the funding meant the organisation could replace its current bus, which was nearing the end of its life.

“The new bus will allow us to continue transporting veterans and community groups to social and commemorative functions, which is the only way some of them are able to attend these events,” he said.

Mr Pitt said funding provided under the Veteran and Community Grants program aims to enrich the lives of Australian ex-service men and women and help them, especially the elderly, to remain independent, healthy and active, in particular for those who may live alone.

Ex-service and community organisations, veteran representative groups, private organisations and projects that promote improved independence and quality of life for veterans are eligible for funding through the Veteran and Community Grants program. 

Applications are accepted continuously throughout the year up to 28 February 2019.

For more information or to apply visit the DVA website (www.dva.gov.au/grants).

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