Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    WA Government delivers for veteran initiatives and support services

    11/11/2022 9:20 AM
     
    • Twelve organisations to receive grants totalling almost $1.3 million through the 2022 ANZAC Day Trust Grants Program
    • Program provides funding to ex-service organisations to support the welfare of veterans and their families
    • WA Government committed to assisting veterans transitioning back into civilian life

    The WA Government is delivering certainty to local organisations supporting veterans and their families, with almost $1.3 million in grants to be allocated through the 2022 ANZAC Day Trust Grants Program.

     

    Grants ranging from $300 to more than $380,000 will be shared by 12 organisations and used to fund a range of initiatives and support services.

     

    The Royal Australian Air Force Association of Western Australia will receive a $157,450 grant to help fund the development of the Andrew Russell Veteran Living Program, which will deliver accommodation and supporting services for WA veterans suffering homelessness.

     

    In the 2021-22 State Budget, the WA Government significantly increased the annual ANZAC Day Trust Grants Program to $1.3 million per year.

     

    This increase has given certainty to ex-service organisations working on the front line, such as Legacy WA and the Returned and Services League in WA (RSLWA), allowing them to look beyond single-year funding cycles.

     

    Four projects are receiving their second year of funding, including the Veterans Employment Program, a partnership between RSLWA and Working Spirit.

     

    The program delivers employment services and has already exceeded the benchmarks set for 2022 in linking veterans and their families with employers.

     

    Legacy WA will use its $380,262 grant to continue three programs designed to assist hundreds of veterans and their families, widows and children who have lost a parent.

     

    Just over $283,000 will be shared across five organisations to assist with the construction of memorials or organisation of commemorative services. These projects will help to ensure Western Australians remember the sacrifices of previous generations.

     

    Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Paul Papalia:

     

    "We must never forget the sacrifice our service-men and women have made to maintain the freedom and prosperity we experience in Australia.

     

    "It has been just over a year since we announced a significant increase to the annual ANZAC Day Trust Grants Program and we are seeing the benefits of the WA Government delivering certainty for ex-service organisations.

     

    "We are committed to supporting the veterans and their families that call WA home, and assisting with their transition back to civilian life."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 5600


    OrganisationActivity$ Amount
    Allied Merchant Seamen's AssociationBanner$300

    Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (Western Australia Branch)

     

    Commemoration and lunch$720
    Combined Defence Force Support Association of WAAdvocacy$2,775
    Connected By Inc
    Connected By Mountain Biking$60,000
    HMAS Perth Memorial FoundationHMAS Perth Memorial construction$167,000
    Legacy WA

    Operational support

    Second year funding

    $380,262
    Our Veterans Forge
    Veterans blacksmithing$17,000
    Royal Australian Air Force Association of WAAndrew Russell Veteran Living Program $157,450
    Returned and Services League and Working Spirit

    Veteran Employment Program

    Second year funding

    $317,036
    Korean Prisoner's PWMA

    Korean War Memorial construction

    Second year funding

    $40,000
    Battle of Crete Memorial Committee WA

    Battle of Crete Memorial construction

    Second year funding

    $75,000
    Veterans Transition CentreOperational support$80,000