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20 Oct 2020

Nowra Wellbeing Centre gets the Go Ahead

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On 28 August 2020, RSL NSW submitted a response to an invitation from the Department of Veterans Affairs to submit a business case for a $5M business grant for the establishment of a Veteran Wellness Centre in Nowra. We are proud to advise that our proposed consortium approach led by RSL LifeCare on behalf of RSL NSW has been approved by the Department and the Minister.

ANZAC House would like to acknowledge the hard work of the local Working Group and wider community for providing key support in this initiative. Without the committed leadership of Lee Cordner and the working group RSL NSW would not have been able to develop such a compelling business case.

The Veteran Wellness Centre will provide ongoing local engagement and opportunities to access a vast array of services for veterans and current serving personnel.

The role of the Veterans’ Wellbeing Centres is to facilitate, co-ordinate and enable integrated support to local veterans and their families, while helping DVA to reach out with core services. It provides an opportunity to leverage complementary service channels and link support services together to create streamlined access to them.

“From the outset this has been a project by the local community, for the local community, and we thank the many local RSL sub-Branch volunteers, ESOs and community service providers that collaborated with us to get to this exciting milestone today. We look forward to working with our partner charity RSL LifeCare and these many other local providers in delivering quality and responsive support services to veterans and current serving personnel and their families in the Nowra, Illawarra and the greater Shoalhaven region”. -Acting President Ray James

The possibility of replicating such a sustainable model in other locations is a prospect for the future.

“RSL NSW’s members are committed to being wherever veterans and their families are, supporting them whenever they need it and delivering services however they can be best utilised on the ground, and we hope today serves as an example of how we can all work together to provide a similar model for other centres right across NSW.” -Acting President Ray James

Read more on the announcement here.

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