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Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State

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Friday, 11 April 2014


The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced more than $274,000 in funding to support projects of national significance that will honour the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women.

“It’s vital in the lead up to the Anzac Centenary that we honour and tell the story of those brave Australians who have served our nation in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“Each of these projects highlight different aspects of our military history and will provide an additional place of commemoration and detailed histories and resources that can be used to assist in honouring our servicemen and women.”

The grants, allocated under the Major Commemorative Grants category of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Saluting their Service grants program include $83,024 to the Naval Heritage Foundation of Australia to build a memorial in Port Phillip. The memorial, to be completed by Anzac Day 2015, will honour the Naval servicemen and women of Victoria.

Another grant of $62,500 has been allocated to the Royal Australian Regiment Association (SA Branch) to publish a book titled ‘A Duty Done’ summarising operations by the Royal Australian Regiment in the Vietnam War 1965-1972. An e-version of the book will be made freely available online. 

The Sydney Jewish Museum will receive $99,000 to publish a book that will outline the contribution of Jewish Australians to our military history. The book will be distributed free of charge to national and state libraries and some school and council libraries.

A final grant of $30,000 has been allocated to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to assist with the running of a competition, in conjunction with Radio New Zealand Concert, allowing Australian and New Zealand composers to submit compositions that commemorate the Gallipoli campaign. The compositions will be used during the Gallipoli 2015 broadcast and will be widely available nationally and internationally.

Local community and ex-service organisations interested in applying for future grant funding rounds should visit or by calling 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.

Media inquiries:    Minister Ronaldson: Brad Rowswell 02 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796
                              Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203


Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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