A re-elected Liberal and Nationals Government will provide $5 million for a new Veteran Wellbeing Centre on the Sunshine Coast to better support local veterans, Defence personnel and their families.

Veteran Wellbeing Centres, established in partnership with ex-service organisations, local health services or community organisations, help better connect veterans to the extensive support and advocacy already available, with a strong focus on health and wellbeing.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee said wellbeing centres are a key part of the Liberal-National Government’s support for the Defence and veteran community in [state], and around the nation.

Member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien said the new centre was a much needed additional support for local veterans and Defence personnel.

“We have over 17,000 veterans and their families living in the region, so having a dedicated Veteran Wellbeing Centre here is incredibly important,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I have been listening to our Defence and veteran community and I’m pleased to have delivered this extra support for them.

“The new centre will make it easier for veterans, their families and current service personnel to access health and wellbeing support, help with finding work and assistance as they transition out of military life. “It will also be a place where veterans can come together to link up with others in a similar position, which is so important.”

The centre will be available to all current and former serving Australian Defence Force members, including reservists, and their families.

There will be a process in coming months to decide who will run the centre, the exact location and the preferred operating model.

Only the Morrison Joyce Government will continue to deliver a better future for Queensland and this is part of our plan to build a strong economy and a stronger future.

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