Standing up for Canberra

Official relocation and reopening of Soldier On

Shadow Veteran’s Affairs Minister David Feeney and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Gai Brodtmann attended the official relocation and reopening of Soldier On’s Robert Poate Reintegration and Recovery Centre, and its new national headquarters.

Solider On is a national charity which builds on the support offered by the Australian Defence Force and other government and not-for-profit organisations by addressing gaps in the support available for wounded Australian soldiers, serving and        

Its services extend to helping the wounded overcome obstacles caused by their injuries, and links them back into the community with rehabilitation and reintegration services.

The Robert Poate Centre is named after Private Robert Poate who was killed on operation in Afghanistan in 2012.

The centre will offer drop in and counselling services, community events and family events.

The national headquarters will help the charity coordinate programs nationwide.

Located in the Canberra suburb of Gungahlin, the new location has allowed Solider On to expand its headquarters, and further support of Australian soldiers wounded in war.

The ceremony included a morning tea and was attended by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor-General of Australia.