Working With Veterans to Improve Their Wellbeing
RSL NSW and DVA are working together to establish the Nowra Veterans Wellbeing Centre (Nowra VWC), with the Nowra RSL Sub Branch providing key support to the Project. Click on the link below to view information on the project:
Background Information – Nowra VWC Project
Note that the latest developments are being posted to this web page in the Updates section below.
If you wish to find out more about the Nowra VWC send an email to ContactNowraVWC@westnet.com.au.
Update 10: RSL NSW has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and the Minister have approved the Business Case submitted for the Nowra Veterans Wellbeing Centre (VWC). Read more here. DVA will now be making arrangements with RSL LifeCare for the transfer of the grant funds so the implementation of the Centre can commence. The Nowra RSL Sub-Branch was a significant contributor to the work conducted by the Nowra VWC Working Group and will continue to support the establishment and operations of the Centre, which will be utilising the consortium approach recommended in the Business Case. The Nowra VWC will significantly boost support services to local Veterans, integrating existing services currently provided by Government and local service providers.
Nowra RSL Sub-Branch
20th October 2020
UPDATE 9: At the RSL NSW Board meeting held on the 26th August 2020, RSL Lifecare was endorsed as the preferred option for management of the Nowra VWC, heading a consortium of local service providers. The RSL Lifecare facility in East Nowra was also endorsed as the preferred site. The revised business case with these options has now been submitted to DVA for assessment and funding. An article appeared in today’s South Coast Register advising the public of this decision by RSL NSW.
This business case with the Lifecare option for management and site was not the preferred recommendation in the business case submitted to RSL NSW by the Nowra VWC Working Group. Throughout the consultation process conducted by the Working Group, the desire to have an independently run VWC, an independent venue, utilising local service providers was heard loud and clear, and was reflected in the original Business Case submitted to RSL NSW.
After the Business Case was submitted to RSL NSW further developments occurred that meant that the Board decision to recommend LifeCare was the best available to secure funding from DVA. The final decision on funding by DVA is expected at the end of September.
RSL Lifecare will now be conducting preparatory work to progress the Nowra VWC while awaiting the DVA funding decision. At this stage the Nowra RSL Sub-Branch has no formal involvement in the Nowra VWC, and will be observing the Project’s progress with great interest. We expect more information to become available as Lifecare commences their community engagement program.
Nowra RSL Sub-Branch
9th September 2020