RSL LifeCare will lead and deliver the Veterans' Wellbeing Centre in Nowra.
Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester and NSW Senator Jim Molan have announced RSL LifeCare has been selected after extensive consultation with the local ex-service community.
The establishment of the $5 million centre will mean South Coast veterans and their families will soon be able to access their support services in the one location.
Locally, RSL LifeCare runs Jonathan Rogers GC House at Dumaresq Village, at Wallace Street, Nowra - a living community for 68 seniors who require high care, low care, residential aged care including dementia or nursing home services.
It has not been confirmed if the new centre will be built at that facility.
"RSL LifeCare has great local knowledge and expertise, providing practical support designed to assist veterans in health and welfare, including their contribution in assisting homeless veterans," Mr Chester said.
"They have many years of experience supporting the veteran community and I am confident in their ability to achieve positive outcomes for veterans and their families in regional NSW.
"The Nowra Wellbeing Centre will, once completed, provide a central point for veterans and their families to access assistance from government, health services, ex-service organisations (ESOs) and community groups.
"I applaud RSL LifeCare and RSL NSW for their hard work and ongoing assistance to provide the serving and ex-serving community in NSW with high quality and specialised support."
The Government's $30 million investment in a network of six Veterans' Wellbeing Centres will put veterans and their families first, bringing together organisations that currently provide them with services and support
Senator Molan said it gave him "great pleasure to see that a terrific organisation such as RSL LifeCare will run the Nowra Veterans' Wellbeing Centre."
The RSL LifeCare strategic plan focuses heavily on our role in service delivery for veterans, and this centre represents a further milestone in our 100-year plus history of enriching the lives of veterans.RSL LifeCare Board Chairman Andrew Condon
"This centre will be a fantastic way for local veterans to gain greater independence and receive better support. I look forward to visiting this great centre when it opens," Senator Molan said.
"The commitment of $5 million towards the Nowra Wellbeing Centre at the last election is another example of how the Morrison Government is putting veterans and their families first."
RSL LifeCare Board Chairman Andrew Condon said the organisation was proud to have been selected by Department of Veterans' Affairs and RSL NSW to design, build, own and operate the Nowra Veterans' Wellbeing Centre.
"The RSL LifeCare strategic plan focuses heavily on our role in service delivery for veterans, and this centre represents a further milestone in our 100-year plus history of enriching the lives of veterans," he said.
RSL LifeCare CEO Laurie Leigh said it is "planned to continue to engage with the local community to determine the resources and services most needed by veterans in Nowra and the surrounding regions".
"The centre will become a 'one-stop shop' for veteran support services, integrating both physical and virtual spaces," he said.
RSL NSW Acting President Ray James said from the outset it had been a project by the local community, for the local community.
"We thank the many local RSL sub-Branch volunteers, ESOs and community service providers that collaborated with us to get to this exciting milestone," he said.
"We look forward to working with our partner charity RSL LifeCare and these many other local providers in delivering quality and responsive support services to veterans and current serving personnel and their families in the Nowra, Illawarra and the greater Shoalhaven region.
"RSL NSW's members are committed to being wherever veterans and their families are, supporting them whenever they need it and delivering services however they can be best utilised on the ground, and we hope this serves as an example of how we can all work together to provide a similar model for other centres right across NSW."
It is planned to continue to engage with the local community to determine the resources and services most needed by veterans in Nowra and the surrounding regions.RSL LifeCare CEO Laurie Leigh
The Department of Veterans' Affairs worked with local groups, including the NSW Office for Veterans' Affairs, RSL and other ESOs to understand the services currently available and the ongoing needs of veterans and their families in the Nowra region.
RSL NSW led the development of the Nowra Veterans' Wellbeing Centre and its project team looked at how the centre will operate and what services it will deliver.
A detailed business case proposal was by developed by the project team, which included responses received through the recent Expression of Interest process.
All those involved are working together to deliver the centre as soon as possible for the benefit of veterans and their families.