North Bondi RSL receives Federal Government BEST Grant

August 7, 2014
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The Minister for Communications and the member for Wentworth, Malcolm Turnbull MP, today welcomed the restoration of Australian Government funding to assisting ex-service organisations (ESOs) continue their important work with the local veteran community.

Malcolm said North Bondi RSL Sub-branch (sponsored by RSL NSW) would receive $46,907.21 under the restored Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program.

BEST grants assist the largely voluntary ESO workforce to help the veteran and defence communities, and their families, access Department of Veterans’ Affairs entitlements and services.

“I am delighted to announce this funding, which will help the team at North Bondi RSL Sub-branch to provide advocacy and support services for veterans and their families and I congratulate them for their ongoing commitment to the local veteran community” Malcolm said.

Overall 141 organisations will share in a total of nearly $3.8 million (GST Exclusive) in funding allocated in BEST Round 16.

Malcolm said this round of BEST funding included an additional $1 million reinstated as part of the 2014-2015 Budget.

“The Abbott Government has restored advocacy and support funding for the veteran community which was cut by Labor.  The 2014-15 budget provides an additional $1 million per year to the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) programme over the forward estimates. This funding will support the work of veterans’ advocates in helping veterans, war widows and widowers to access important information and services.”

“The additional funding will support the work of veterans’ advocates, welfare and pension officers right across the country and provide them with greater certainty into the future.”

The Government consulted with the ESO community to determine how best to spend the additional money and these changes have been actioned.

BEST grants help ESOs fund a range of veteran support measures including salaries for trained advocates and pension staff, and administrative needs, including essential office supplies such as computer equipment and internet access.

For more information on grants, call the Electorate Office of Malcolm Turnbull on 02 9327 3988.

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