LNP will ramp up care for veterans, says McEachan

BIKE RIDE: MP Matt McEachan has helped organise a bike ride for veterans.

BIKE RIDE: MP Matt McEachan has helped organise a bike ride for veterans.

THE LNP will mount a major push to support veterans in Queensland if it wins the next election, says Redlands MP Matt McEachan.

Mr McEachan said the LNP would appoint a veterans affairs minister, commit to a public service veterans’ target, appoint a senior public service representative as a “veterans champion”, create a $2 million veterans transition grants program and make the Queensland Veterans’ Advisory Council a permanent fixture.

Mr McEachan has helped organise a veterans’ fund raising and awareness event through not-for-profit organisation Mates4Mates.

He said Queensland was home to almost 50,000 veterans, more than any other state and they were a critical part of our future.

“Mates4Mates works to support current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force Members who are wounded, injured or ill as a result of their service, as well as their families,” Mr McEachan said.

“Ride4Redlands is a great opportunity to get involved and give back to our veteran community.”

Better recognition for veterans was a major focus for the Opposition and was supported by Redland City councillor Paul Golle.

Cr Golle said veteran suicide was starting to become a national crisis and every little bit of support helped.

SERVICE: Former serviceman Paul Golle in Iraq.

SERVICE: Former serviceman Paul Golle in Iraq.

“Mates4Mates provides rehabilitation programs for current and ex-serving men and women of the Australian Defence Force and their families and I am happy to support a charity ride that is close to my heart,” Cr Golle said.

“I encourage anyone who is interested in helping our veterans and their families to come along on the ride.”

Mr McEachan said he hoped the community would get behind the event as a way of honouring veterans.

The ride will start at 9am on Sunday, August 20 at the Redland Bay Hotel. It will cost $30 cash per rider, with all funds going directly to Mates4Mates.

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