New South Wales’ first Veterans’ and Families’ Hub officially opened today in Nowra.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh met with organisations that will provide services to the local veteran community from the hub.
“Veterans and families from around the region now have access to this purpose-built facility that will offer a range of services including assistance with transition from the ADF, employment, advocacy services and mental-health support,” Minister Keogh said.
“RSL LifeCare is the lead organisation for the Nowra Veterans’ and Families’ Hub and they are working closely with Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling and Invictus Australia to provide integrated support services to veterans and families, in partnership with other ex-service and community organisations, and the NSW government.”
Representatives from ex-service organisations including Soldier On, the Keith Payne VC group, Legacy, the Shoalhaven Defence Families Association, the Veteran Motorcycle Club and the Veteran Surf Project attended the opening.
The Nowra Veterans’ and Families’ Hub is part of the federal government’s commitment to delivering on a suite of practical measures to support defence personnel, veterans and families.
“The federal budget includes $46.7 million to deliver 10 Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs across the country to improve access to the specific services and supports that local veteran communities need and frankly deserve,” Minister Keogh said.
“To ensure these hubs can best support veterans and families, the Australian government is now funding backbone support to enable collaboration and information sharing across the hub network.
“The Australian government is committed to providing practical services and supports to defence personnel, veterans and families.”
For more information about the Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs, visit www.dva.gov.au/vfhubs