Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent said two Government grants totaling more than $59,000 would support veterans and their families in the Moe and Leongatha communities.

Mr Broadbent said the Moe RSL would receive $23,300 to undertake a series of bus trips to reduce social isolation under the Federal Government’s Veteran and Community Grants program, while Leongatha RSL would receive $35,744.55 towards the purchase of a new vehicle for transporting veterans to commemorative and social functions.

“We honour the service and sacrifice of the men and women who serve in defence of our country in many ways and this grant program to help improve the quality of life for veterans and their families is an important one,” Mr Broadbent said.

“I congratulate the Moe and Leongatha RSLs on securing the grant funding, which will go towards valuable local projects, and I thank them for their invaluable commitment to improving the lives of our veterans and their families.

“The benefits of this Veteran and Community Grants funding will also flow on to our local community.”

Mr Broadbent said local ex-service and community organisations, veteran groups and private organisations were eligible to apply for funding for projects that contribute to the health and welfare of the veteran community through the DVA Veteran and Community Grants program.

For more information about the Veteran and Community Grants program or to apply, visit the DVA website www.dva.gov.au/consultation-and-grants/grants or contact your nearest DVA office on 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.