House debates

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Statements by Members

Lindsay Electorate: Homes for Heroes

1:47 pm

Photo of Fiona ScottFiona Scott (Lindsay, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

On Sunday I attended a wonderful fundraising event at the Penrith RSL to support the Homes for Heroes program. The Homes for Heroes program looks at returned service veterans, particularly those who have come home from Afghanistan and Iraq. We have instances of men and women coming home with PTSD as a result of the trauma they have experienced in serving our nation. We have a responsibility to our veterans to ensure that when they are exposed to such traumatic events we do take care of them.

The Homes for Heroes program is designed to raise over half a million dollars to house many of our veterans so that they can get on with their lives. Neville Barnier, Chairman of the Penrith RSL Club and chair of the Homes for Heroes project committee said that the program will connect homeless veterans to temporary housing and longer term support services, particularly in Western Sydney.

We are already seeing the construction of 15 rooms at Governor Phillip Manor in Lindsay. I would like to ask the people of Lindsay to help this event. There is going to be a 42-kilometre walk around Parramatta Park on 1 May, starting at 9 o'clock. It is 42 kilometres because it is for every veteran that we have lost in Iraq and Afghanistan.