Sunshine Coast veterans are set to receive a major boost to essential wellbeing support services this year, thanks to $1.8 million in funding.
The federal government funding was secured through the Veteran Wellbeing Grants One-Off Program.
The funds will go towards a new Veteran and Family Wellbeing Centre in Maroochydore, operated by RSL Queensland and Mates4Mates.
The grant will allow RSL Queensland and Mates4Mates to offer further services to meet the needs of our local veterans.
This will include mental health and physical rehabilitation services, family support, community connections and veteran employment assistance.
RSL Queensland deputy CEO Troy Watson has welcomed the funding windfall.
He says the investment will ensure a consistent and collaborative approach is taken in supporting veterans and their families.
“This announcement complements our recently opened RSL Queensland Veteran and Family Wellbeing Centre in Brisbane and will support us in collaborating further with ex-service organisations on the Coast who are doing great work to support the veteran community,” Mr Watson says.
“The establishment of these centres is to provide a physical presence for veterans and their families to go to for support, while also focusing on improving collaboration across the community and veteran sector – ultimately improving the outcomes possible for veterans and their families.
“We recognise that there is a large population of veterans on the Sunshine Coast, and we’re honoured to have the opportunity to consolidate and expand our services on the Sunshine Coast and provide more veterans and their families with support.”
Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien says the funding will provide hundreds of Coast veterans with specialised care and support.
“Over five per cent of Sunshine Coast residents are veterans, which is one of the highest veteran populations in Australia,” Mr O’Brien says.
“This funding is well overdue and much needed.
“What makes this funding boost really special is the fact that it’s been so hard fought for.
“And I want to pay tribute to RSL Queensland and Mates4Mates for their vision and hard work.”
The grant will allow RSL Queensland and Mates4Mates to offer further services to meet the needs of veterans.
RSL Queensland’s Veteran and Family Wellbeing Centre on the Sunshine Coast will be located at Level 2, 21 Carnaby Street, Maroochydore.