Mid North Coast Veterans to Benefit from Federal Grant
Mid North Coast veterans will soon have a new welfare centre in Coffs Harbour thanks to support from the Federal Government and a new agreement with Coffs Harbour Legacy.
Nationals Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker today announced that the Veterans Centre Mid North Coast will receive a grant of $36,755 under the Federal Government’s Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) programme.
Mr Hartsuyker also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding which will allow the Veterans Centre to operate from Legacy’s property in Scarba Street, Coffs Harbour.
“Part of the BEST grant will be used to provide IT and communications equipment at the Scarba Street Centre so local veterans get the best possible support and assistance,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“Our veterans, young and old, have served and protected Australia with distinction, and should have access to support and personal welfare services when they are needed.”
Mr Hartsuyker said the partnership between the Veterans Centre and Coffs Harbour Legacy is a logical way to extend and build on the important support already provided to local veterans by both organisations.
“Once completed, the new centre will be known as the Mark Donaldson VC centre in honour of Victoria Cross winner Mark Donaldson who grew up in Dorrigo. Corporal Donaldson is a strong supporter of local veterans’ organisations, and has given his consent to be associated with the new centre.
”I congratulate Richard Kelloway from the Veterans Centre and Bob Denner from Coffs Harbour Legacy for negotiating this agreement, and I look forward to the new centre opening soon.”
The Coffs Harbour Legacy Welfare Fund will also benefit from a BEST grant of $13,626.