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Come along to a fun day out at the ACT 2024 Veteran’s and Families’ Expo


COTA ACT to host the 2024 ACT Veteran’s and Families’ Expo on 20 July

The Hughes Community Centre will transform into a hub of information, resources and connection that joins together organisations dedicated to Veteran’s wellbeing and services.

The Council on the Ageing (COTA) ACT is excited to announce that with funding from the ACT Government, the 2024 ACT Veteran’s and Families’ Expo will be held at the Hughes Community Centre on Saturday 20th of July, 10 am until 3 pm.

This exciting, family-friendly event guarantees a fun day out for veterans and their families, current and ex-service personnel and those transitioning out of military service with a wide range of veteran organisations, community groups and service providers, informative presentations and more.

Together with partners Open Arms and Canberra Legacy, the not-for-profit organisation is preparing for a day that brings veterans in the Canberra region closer to services that provide services and support which may be of interest to them and their family.

Minister for Community Services, Seniors and Veterans Emma Davidson said the expo will help veterans and their families feel more connected to Canberra and the broader community.

“Canberra is a fabulous place to live – it is a kind, connected and caring community. We know particularly for veterans and their families it can be hard moving to Canberra and adjusting from service to civilian life. The Veterans’ and Families’ Expo will bring together all the things you need to adjust to life in the ACT. It may be employment, education, health, community services and social groups to ensure veterans and their families thrive in Canberra,” said Minister Davidson.

The Hughes Community Centre space will include over 40 veteran’s service providers and organisations, balloon-modelling and facepainting, a sausage sizzle provided by the Hughes Community Shed and Garden, a designated coffee van and family-friendly entertainment.

With three targeted sessions through the day:

  • a quieter hour from 10am – 11am,
  • an ageing and transition focus from 11am – 1 pm, and
  • family fun and activities from 1pm – 3pm

COTA ACT hopes to bring together people of all ages to enjoy a day of connection and community for veterans and their families.

The 2024 Veteran’s and Families Expo is supported by the ACT Government. 

Media Contact: Claudia Tetreault-Percy
Communications & Events Coordinator
Phone: 6282 3777