Ryan backs veteran support facility for Euroa
15 October 2018
Euroa’s proposed Veterans Integrated Support Service will be one step closer to reality if The Nationals are elected to government in November.
At a working bee at the planned site today, Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan announced that in government The Nationals would provide $200,000 for a feasibility study for the project.
The project is a joint initiative between Strathbogie Shire Council, Veterans off the Streets Association and Euroa Health who have convened the Euroa Veterans Project Working Group.
Ms Ryan said the proposed facility would provide veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder with short term accommodation, wellbeing services, training and employment opportunities and assistance with transition into civilian life.
“I am delighted to back Euroa Veterans Project Working Group with a commitment to provide the $200,000 required for a feasibility study,” Ms Ryan said.
“Strathbogie Shire mayor Amanda McClaren has been a wonderful advocate for this project from day one, pitching the concept in Spring St and Canberra.
“The establishment of a centre for post-traumatic stress could have great economic benefit for our region both during the construction phase and from ongoing operation of the service.
“A feasibility study will allow the council, a working group and the community to fully understand what is possible and what the benefits will be.”
Ms Ryan said early planning for the project provided an exciting insight into what could be achieved at the facility.
“The study will explore the potential of providing temporary supported accommodation, including respite and short breaks and wrap around allied health and other wellbeing services tailored to individual needs,” Ms Ryan said.
“There is also a desire to partner with local service clubs and community organisations to provide community engagement, as well as individually tailored employment-readiness training programs and opportunities for veterans to get back on their feet through work placements.”
The centre will be based at Euroa Health’s now vacant Amaroo and Euroaville facilities which would be fully refurbished to make them fit-for-purpose. Ms Ryan said Euroa was the perfect location for a PTSD centre, given its rich military history.
“Euroa has a strong understanding of its military history and takes great pride in honouring that history,” Ms Ryan said.
“It is the only town in Australia to have three citizens awarded the Victoria Cross and local service groups including the RSL, Men’s Shed and Rotary who have been actively involved in preserving this history will be able to partner directly with the service.”