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Orbost RSL has received more than $2400 to buy a public address system which will be used for the first time next week on ANZAC Day.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the funding for the PA system was made available through the Veteran and Community Grants program.

“The Orbost RSL is among 39 community groups and organisations around Australia to receive a share of $640,000 available through this grants program,” Mr Chester said.

“The public address system will make an important difference at events and functions organised for veterans and their families in the Orbost area, including on special commemorative occasions like ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day.”

The Veteran and Community Grants program enables organisations to offer a range of activities, programs and services to enrich the lives of Australian veterans and their families and help them to remain independent, healthy and active, and help reduce social isolation.

Mr Chester, who is also the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, congratulated all of the grant recipients.

“As a nation we must never forget the service and sacrifice of the men and women who serve in the defence of our nation,” Mr Chester said.

“I congratulate all successful applicants, the funding will help support practical and tangible projects that will enrich the lives of many people who have served this country.”

Mr Chester encouraged ex-service and community organisations, veteran representative groups, private organisations and projects that promote improved independence and quality of life for veterans to consider applying for future funding through the Veteran and Community Grants program.

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