The Nuriootpa RSL Sub-Branch was among 28 projects across the country to receive funding from the Federal Government under the most recent round of the Veterans and Community Grants program.

Member for Barker, Tony Pasin, said the Nuriootpa RSL Sub-Branch received $33,166 through the Federal Government’s Veterans and Community Grants Program.

Nuriootpa RSL Sub-Branch used the grant funding to upgrade the kitchen facilities ensuring a safe environment for members and guests.

“I understand the value of bringing veterans and their families together as is it a great way for veterans to engage in social activities and bond with other veterans who share similar life experiences from the time they served and in civilian life.” Mr Pasin said.

Nuriootpa RSL Sub-Branch Vice President, Scotty Milne said the new kitchen will allow their volunteers to re-commence the provision of meals to their aging members on a regular basis, in a safe working environment.

“Nuriootpa RSL Sub-Branch also provide our facilities to other not-for-profit groups such as Legacy Widows, Suicide and Mental Health support groups, as well as Red Cross and a local dance group. These groups will also benefit from the availability of a clean, safe, well equipped kitchen.” Mr Milne said.

“The project has fostered renewed, enthusiastic interest by current members and resulted in new membership applications.” Mr Milne said.

“We really are quite grateful for the Federal Government assistance with this project.” Mr Milne said.

Mr Pasin said the Veteran and Community Grant that enabled these upgrades is the Federal Government’s commitment to supporting the Nuriootpa RSL Sub-Branch in being there for our returned military personnel.

“The Nuriootpa RSL Sub-Branch should be proud of their achievements, in finalising these valuable upgrades.” Mr Pasin said.

“I am certain that there will be more partnership between the Federal Government and the Nuriootpa RSL Sub-Branch in the future, creating an ever-growing support network for service people and their families.” Mr Pasin said.