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January 23, 2024

RSL LifeCare receives $5.445 million in funding to deliver a new Veteran Wellbeing Hub in Queanbeyan

RSL LifeCare, in partnership with RSL NSW, will receive a $5.445 million grant from the Federal Government to develop a Veterans’ and Families’ Hub in Queanbeyan.

The announcement follows RSL LifeCare successfully completing the final stage of the bid for the new facility, which is part of the Government’s $46.7 million commitment to deliver 10 new Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs across the country.

A new hub in Queanbeyan enables RSL LifeCare to implement a ‘hub and spoke’ model, developed in consultation with the local communities and other ex-service organisations, through the network of RSL sub-Branches.

RSL LifeCare CEO Janet Muir emphasised the significance of the successful bid as a pivotal step in the ongoing commitment of RSL LifeCare to assist veterans and their families.

“As an organisation, we are thrilled to have secured the bid and look forward to the opportunity to extend our support to an even greater number of veterans and their families with the new hub,” Ms Muir said.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh said: “I’m proud to announce that RSL LifeCare Veteran Services, in partnership with RSL NSW will lead the establishment of the Veterans’ and Families’ Hub in Queanbeyan.

“This Hub, like those being rolled out around the country, will be unique, set up as a Hub and Spoke model to ensure the more than 26,000 veterans in the region can access the services and support they need and deserve.“The significant consultation undertaken with the local veteran community in the development of the business case for this Hub and ongoing engagement will ensure it is best set up to serve the local veteran community.”

Last year, RSL NSW sub-Branches donated $3.3 million to RSL LifeCare to ensure that veterans and their families continue to receive free critical services and support, including access to local Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs.

RSL NSW President Mick Bainbridge said “RSL NSW is committed to supporting RSL LifeCare’s Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs because we know they work.

The expansion of Hubs in locations with significant Defence and veteran communities is a strong step in the right direction to bolstering the support we deliver to Australian servicemen and women, and their families.”

RSL LifeCare Veteran Services Executive General Manager David Anderson said this accomplishment represents a significant milestone in the organisation’s ongoing journey – together with RSL NSW – in supporting the wellbeing of veterans and their families.

“Thanks to the generous support from the Government, the establishment of the new hub will create a vital space that fosters the health and resilience of our veterans. We look forward to the positive impact this hub will have on the Queanbeyan community and the continued support it will provide to those who have bravely served our nation.”

The new RSL LifeCare Queanbeyan Veterans’ and Families’ Hub is expected to open before June 2026 and provide much needed services to more than 26,000 veterans and their families in the region.

RSL LifeCare Veteran Services will work with a consortium of ex-service organisations and local providers to offer a one-stop-shop for the delivery of critical services and support at the centre of the Veterans’ and Families’ Hub strategy.

To learn more about our Veteran Wellbeing Centres, click here.

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