Defence personnel, veterans and families in Perth’s Southern Suburbs are set to receive better access to support through the establishment of a new Veterans’ and Families’ Hub, following consultation with the local community.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh and the Federal Member for Brand, Resources Minister and Minister for Northern Australia Madeleine King, met with representatives of the local community, veteran support organisations and key stakeholders to discuss how the $5 million Hub would best meet the needs of Defence personnel, veterans and families.

“Every community is different and we want to ensure the Hub in Brand meets the needs of local Defence personnel, veterans and families for generations to come,” Minister Keogh said.

“Brand is home to the nation’s biggest Navy base, HMAS Stirling, and there are more than 8,000 Defence personnel and veterans who live in the electorate with their families.”

“We need to provide them with the most appropriate services and supports to suit them.”
Minister King said her community has a proud military history and it was crucial the Hub was designed with input from Defence personnel, veterans and families.

“Rockingham and the electorate of Brand have a very special relationship with Defence and the veterans’ community and we want to make sure this Hub will meet their needs,” Minister King said.

“This consultation process will ensure the new Hub is fit for purpose and provides access to services and support for the veteran community close to home.” Minister King said.

The Hub is being rolled out as part of the Government’s $46.7 million commitment to more than double the size of the Veterans’ and Families’ Hub network across the nation.

The Hubs will provide tailored services, including supports for transition to civilian life, advocacy and mental health services, and a range of community activities, including volunteer and sporting opportunities.
For more information on the expansion of the Veterans’ and Families’ Hub network, visit the DVA website

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