Throughout the wider Ipswich region there are more than 16,000 veterans and their families who access support through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and ex-service organisations. A VRC will provide a location to access a number of key support services for our veterans, ex-Service personnel and their families.
Despite promises from the LNP at the last Federal Election to fund this project there has been no action taken. As such, Labor has stepped up by committing the $1 million the Liberals have failed to deliver for the establishment of this VRC.
The VRC will be a family friendly space which will provide greater support services to all ex-service personnel including our younger veterans and their families, ensuring they can access a number of services under the one roof.
VRC services and support will include access to advocate and pension officers; access to JP services; a library; conference room; communal areas; kitchen and barbeque amenities. Importantly, this centre will also provide a space to engage in peer-to-peer support.
This centre will also work as a conduit and support service for our service men and women and their families as they transition from the ADF to civilian life.
We will pay for the VRC by making multinationals pay their fair share and closing tax loopholes used by the top end of town.