State and Federal Government representatives met with Central Coast veterans and the defence community on Kokoda Day (November 3) to focus on veteran wellbeing, mental health and support to transition to civilian life.
The Central Coast was an appropriate setting for the forum, having the highest number of veterans of any local government area in NSW according to latest census figures.
Kokoda Day is an annual day of acknowledgement in honour of all those who served in the Kokoda campaign in the Second World War.
Minister for Veterans and the Central Coast David Harris used the forum to praise the bipartisan and multi-government support of the veterans community, welcoming the recent announcement by the Federal Government to triple the payment to allow veterans to access GP services.
“It was wonderful to come together with the Central Coast veteran and defence community to hear about and discuss the great initiatives, services and supports available for veterans and their families in our community,” Harris said.
“The increase in the Veteran Access Payment will give veterans and eligible dependents the access to GP services that they deserve.
“There are more than 27,000 White and Gold Card holders in NSW who will benefit from this change.
“The NSW Government is committed to ensuring veterans are provided with the best services and support, and I applaud the Prime Minister and the Commonwealth Government for implementing these changes and look forward to seeing how this change improves the wellbeing of the veteran community.
“Collaboration is key, and by working together to further enhance support and programs for the veteran community on the Central Coast, we can continue to acknowledge their service and that of their families.”
There are also a number of NSW Government services available on the Central Coast including Service NSW, NSW Trustee & Guardian, and NSW Ageing and Disability Commission that veterans and their families can access.