The Federal Member for Blair, Shayne Neumann MP, says there is an essential need for a Veterans Recovery Centre for for ex-Service personnel in the Ipswich and Somerset Region.
In the Ipswich community and surrounding areas there are 17 RSL Sub Branches which provide support to former serving personnel and their families.
Throughout the Blair and surrounding electorates there are more than 16,000 veterans and their families who access support through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and ex-Service organisations.
Mr Neumann supports organisations such as the RSL in their work that makes life easier for veterans. He said a Veterans’ Recovery Centre would provide a location for veterans in the Moreton community to access a number of key support services for our veterans and their families.
The idea behind establishing such a Centre is that it would be a family friendly space that would provide greater support services to our younger veterans and their families, bringing together critical services under one roof, ensuring veterans and their families are ableto access a number of services at any one time.
Services and support at the Veterans’ Recovery Centre would also include: access to advocate and pension officers, access to JP services, a library, conference rooms, communal areas, kitchen and barbecue amenities.
Importantly, this centre would also provide a space to veterans and their families to engage in peer-to-peer support.
The centre would also work as a conduit and support service for our Service men and women and their families as they transition from the ADF to civilian life.
Mr Neumann said Federal Labor’s $1 million commitment to a Veterans’ Recovery Centre would assist in providing health and wellbeing services to veterans in the local community and demonstrates an ongoing commitment to veterans, ex-Service personnel and their families.
He said Federal Labor would partner in the project with the local Moreton District RSL and RSL Queensland.
Photo: Rob Wadley, Ipswich Sub Branch, Les Nash, RSL West Moreton Deputy President, Member for Blair Shayne Neumann, Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Amanda Rishworth, Doug Cook, West Moreton District Deputy President and Toogoolawah Sub Branch, Ross Wadsworth, Deputy President Moreton RSL, Cathie Macmillan, Moreton RSL District Secretary.