Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, has welcomed almost $60,000 in funding for an important program on the Border to support veterans and war widows.
Hume Veterans’ Information Centre will receive $58,779 in Federal Government funding through the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) program. This program is administered by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Ms McGowan thanked the Federal Government and Minister for Veteran’s Affairs, Senator Michael Ronaldson, on behalf of the local community.
“The Hume Veteran’s Information Centre is a vital organisation in Indi. Without Federal Government support the Centre would be unable to provide the ongoing community support for veterans and war widows,’ Ms McGowan said.
“This funding also allows the Centre to employ an office manager to handle the administration of the organisation, and update office equipment when needed.”
Hume Veterans’ Information Centre chairman Kevyn Williams described the funding as “extremely important” and crucial for the centre’s continued operation. In the last 12 months, the centre had experienced an increase in requests for support. Mr Williams said the centre was keen to meet this demand and help where possible.
“This funding allows us to meet with the veteran community in Tallangatta and Corowa and provide in-home support to ensure veterans and widows are safe and being looked after,” Mr Williams said.
Mr Williams said donations to the Hume Veterans’ Information Centre were always welcome from the public and organisations to pay for the ongoing costs associated with running the facility.