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We have had another fantastic month with lots of new and returning participants. We are getting closer to our goal of finishing our TAE Cert IV which will allow us to then deliver nationally recognised qualifications. Once this is ready, we will announce the start date for our inaugural course.

We recently had the opportunity to participate in a pod-cast with Senator Malcom Roberts, regarding some issues facing our veteran’s community. Myself and one of our regular participants, spent the better part of an hour and a half having a fantastic talk with Malcolm and the feedback we have received from the interview is very positive. If you would like to hear that pod-cast, it is on our Facebook page. or click the button below for a direct link!

We are still trying to arrange an Open Day, specifically for our network of support and services organisations at the centre in order to showcase what BOOTSTRAPS has to offer! Unfortunately, due to the uncertainty of our current climate, we don’t want to commit to a date as yet. We will arrange this function when time permits. Please keep an eye out for further details, or email

Thank you to all our staff and supporters who

have helped to get to where we are today.

See you next month and stay safe!!!

- Sam Kavanagh, CEO Bootstraps



Raffle Tickets: Porters Hotel Plainland, are continuing the meat tray raffles. These present a great opportunity for Bootstraps to fundraise between now and December. As always, if you're interested in lending us a hand and volunteering your time, please forward your details to

Bootstraps staff are happy to partner up with you all and show you how its done. We need volunteers for the following dates and times: Friday 10th September, Sunday 26th September, Friday 15th October, Sunday 31st October, Saturday 20th November. Friday and Saturday nights from 6:30pm and Sunday lunch 12 noon (These sessions can be up to 1 1/2hr).


As always our centre is always open to members and the community for them to drop in. The centre is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Feel free say hello or introduce yourself!

August was yet again another challenging yet, strong month for us!

Thankfully, we were able to remain open for our valued members during the recent lockdowns and restrictions.

Without the centre, many of our members would have had to struggle needlessly during this time, so thanks to all that supported us in keeping the doors open and thanks to those that visited!

Hearing stories from our members about how important Bootstraps is to them, once again fortifies our belief and reason for having such a place available to ADF personnel!



For all of our Bootstraps family, friends, followers and supporters - We'd like you to take a moment and also to take note of this essential service! Its not always easy to talk out aloud and sometimes you'd prefer to text it instead. And with everything going on around us all atm, you never know when you or someone you know might find themselves in a situation where they suddenly need this.

Please feel free to share with your friends, families and colleagues! Remember there is always someone willing to listen!


500 CLUB:

We are always so proud to promote all of our 500 Club Members that proudly supports us!

This month we acknowledge 500 Club Member Findex. In its initial stages of establishment, the Findex Tax Advisory (Albury) team worked closely with Bootstraps to assist in gaining charity registrations including Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission registration, Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) endorsement and tax concession charity endorsement with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). This was an involved process and Findex’s expertise in the not-for-profits taxation space was invaluable in Bootstraps successfully obtaining the various registrations.

As a business, Findex is one of Australasia’s leading providers of integrated financial advisory and accounting services, and the Tax Advisory team who assisted Bootstraps is just one of various specialist teams at Findex. Findex assists clients from all walks of life and industries in their personal and business matters, and is closely integrated into the local communities in which Findex operates its 110 offices. Findex is passionate about ensuring clients are provided access to the very best expertise and robust financial solutions across our accounting, taxation, audit, superannuation, financial planning, risk and insurance, lending and finance teams that will ultimately see them through their entire business journey, or reach their own personal goals.

To find out more about them, simply click on their image below.

Bootstraps is really proud to have its many supporters onboard as 500 Club Members.

But to keep the centre marching along were always looking for more members! If you too would like to support our work click below to discover how you can become a 500 CLUB MEMBER!


Here are just a few giggles to help you have a great day!

Here's a few more laughs to keep you going!

Finally, here's one for all those keyboard warriors out there that are "all talk and no action!"


So each month we like to feature a Veteran owned business or place where veterans, their families and friends can spend time and enjoy life.

If you have or know of a business or place why not let us know so we can feature them here!


Every week our Bootstraps Members and, visitors to the centre toil away, for sometimes hours on end, to create their unique leather work pieces. We'd love to share some of the recent ones from the past month, and perhaps inspire you for your next leather work project! And remember to ask us as there are a range of lovely leather pieces for sale for you to take home today!

We look forward to bringing you more in next months, News-Leather. But in the meantime, be sure to Like and Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with what's happening with Bootstraps!

We'd really love to hear from you about what

projects you'd really like to do!

Satchel, Handbag, Photo Album, Rifle Case, Tool Case,

Binoculars Case, or perhaps something more unique!

Remember to leave us your feedback or a comment below,

on what you would like to make at our centre or have covered

in future edition of our News-Leathers!

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