The Hawkesbury will be home to a welcoming hub for veterans and their families thanks to a $5 million investment by the Morrison Government.
The Veteran Wellbeing Centre will be established at Scheyville on the site of a former Australian Army training camp used as an Officer Training Unit during the Vietnam War.
It will provide veterans and their families with greater access to well-being services, including support for transition, employment, health and social connection and advocacy.
Liberal for Macquarie, Sarah Richards said looking after our veterans was one of her key priorities.
“After the sacrifice veterans have given to the defence and security of our nation, their ongoing care and needs should always be met, well after they leave the service,” Ms Richards said.
“Growing up in a military family, I am the daughter of a veteran who served in Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor, I have lived my life on multiple RAAF Bases, including right here in Richmond.
“I have seen what war can do to someone.
“I have watched my dad suffer PTSD and I have vowed to fight to do all we can to help our veterans.
“Be it RAAF, Army or Navy, we owe a great debt to our men and women in uniform.”
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, the Hon Marise Payne said the new site was part of an expanding network of Veteran Wellbeing Centres across the country.
“Since the establishment of this program in 2019, six centres have been funded under the Morrison Government,” Senator Payne said.
“These centres are delivered at the grassroots level to help ensure that veterans and their families are able to receive services from local people who know the local environment and service availability.
“The daughter of a veteran, Sarah Richards has advocated strongly to bring this service into Macquarie because she knows the positive difference this service will make.
“We have a large, active and proud veteran community here in Western Sydney, and the Morrison Government will continue to work closely with them as we bring the centre online.”
This investment is part of the Morrison Government’s 2022-23 Budget.
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