Three projects for veterans on the Northern Beaches have received funding this year.

Three Northern Beaches groups have been successful in the latest round of Anzac Community Grants, which provides small grants of up to $2k for community groups to support the veteran community.

  • Saltwater Veterans at Manly received $1,500 to provide historical talks about former military training areas on the Northern Beaches that are accessible by boat
  • Rotary Club of Dee Why Warringah received $1,500 to support veterans with mental health and wellbeing for 12 veterans with a day trip to the Blue Mountains
  • Veterans Centre Australia at Dee Why received $600 to jointly host a Veterans Rugby Match with Gordon RFC with the aim of encouraging members of the community to attend and meet veterans

Announcing the grants on Friday, 11 February, Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott acknowledged the efforts of groups such as Saltwater Veterans.

David Elliott

David Elliott

“More than $56k will be provided to a range of projects that commemorate and educate NSW communities about the service and sacrifices of current and former military servicemen and servicewomen.

“Some of these great projects and initiatives, including the one in Manly, recognise Australia’s war service history, educate a new generation and support the well-being of the NSW veteran community,” said Minister Elliott.

Member for Manly and Minister for Environment and Heritage James Griffin said he was pleased the grant would facilitate an activity in support of veterans.

James Griffin

James Griffin

“I would like to acknowledge Saltwater Veterans for their commitment to the veterans of Manly, and allowing our community to honour their service, and allow for our future generations to learn of their efforts.

“Our community today is thankful for the sacrifices made by current serving members and our service men and women from over a century of service,” said Minister Griffin.

The Anzac Community Grants Program provides grants of up to $2k for a range of projects that either promote appreciation and understanding of the service and sacrifice of military service personnel or support activities and services to enhance the well-being of the NSW veteran community.

Information on how community groups can apply for grants and eligibility criteria are available at the NSW Department of Veterans Affairs website.

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