Prime Minister of Tasmania – New Retreat at Lake Sorell to help support our veterans and their families

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February 17, 2022

Guy Barnett, Minister of Veterans Affairs







The Liberal Government of Tasmania is the strongest supporter of veterans and the veteran community in the state and we honor their sacrifice which helps protect our freedom and our way of life.

One of the best ways to help our veterans and their families is to support positive mental health and wellbeing outcomes, especially by utilizing Tasmania’s beautiful outdoor spaces.

Today we can see the results of the initial $100,000 funding provided to the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (Tasmania Branch) to renovate a disused Parks and Wildlife Services cabin at Lake Sorell into a contemporary retreat for veterans and their families, and we congratulate them on their efforts.

As part of our 2021-22 Tasmanian budget, we are investing an additional $1.4 million to support our veterans, which includes an additional $100,000 for a training center and additional facilities at Lake Sorell Retreat.

In all respects, this retreat project has been a true Tasmanian team effort with the generous support of the Tasmanian community with significant levels of in-kind donations of materials and accessories provided by local businesses and individuals.

The result is simply stunning and he has been rewarded for watching this project grow to include a new deck added to the lake side of the property, new windows, flooring, wiring and plumbing.

This highlands retreat will make a significant difference to the health and well-being of all veterans, and especially our young veterans, by providing a place to heal, recover and reconnect.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is committed to supporting the health and well-being of our veterans and their families and this veterans retirement project and planned training center at Lake Sorell provides a practical demonstration of that commitment.

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