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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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Monday, 16 June 2014


Funding has been approved for commemorative projects honouring the sacrifice and service of Australia’s servicemen and women, past and present, under the Saluting Their Service grants programme, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, announced today.

Senator Ronaldson said the latest round of the Saluting Their Service grants programme provided 81 veteran and Defence community organisations across the country with $187,065 in Australian Government funding.

The Saluting Their Service grants programme helps the Australian community contribute to the commemoration of those who have served, and those who continue to serve our nation.

“These funds will support projects that enable communities to commemorate significant military anniversaries, build or restore memorials, preserve and display wartime and military memorabilia, and establish local honour boards and plaques, and flagpoles where none exist, for example,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“It is through these commemorative activities that we can ensure the service and sacrifice of generations of Australian service personnel is remembered, and continue to demonstrate our respect for the current generation of sailors, soldiers, airmen and women serving us today.”

Senator Ronaldson encouraged any organisation across Australia with an idea for a commemorative project that would benefit from some assistance to apply for the next round of Saluting Their Service grants.

“Not only do these commemorative projects mean so much to the veteran and defence communities of today, they are also ensuring the next generation of Australians continue to honour our proud military history,” Senator Ronaldson said.

Local community and ex-service organisations interested in applying for future grant funding rounds should visit DVA's grants webpage or call 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.

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



Recipient Location Funding Description  Total $
WRANS Association (ACT) WODEN ACT purchase new banner, hats and hat tally bands to reflect the change of name of the association  $1,727
Far East Strategic Reserve (Navy) Association CAMPBELL ACT install a plaque at the Australian War Memorial to commemorate 24 Royal Australian Navy ships that were allocated from 1955 to 1966  $1,243
TOTAL 2    $2,970
Recipient Location Funding Description  Total $
Avalon Beach RSL Sub-branch AVALON BEACH NSW replace faulty lighting in a memorabilia display cabinet  $858
Kyogle RSL Sub-branch KYOGLE NSW construct a memorial rose garden at the Kyogle cemetery to commemorate servicemen and women of the Kyogle district  $2,610
The Spitfire Association KILLARA NSW upgrade the website of The Spitfire Association  $3,000
Hornsby Shire Council BEECROFT NSW relocate and restore the David John Willis Boer War Memorial in Beecroft  $4,000
The Rotary Club of Cootamundra COOTAMUNDRA NSW purchase a Peace Monument in Cootamundra  $818
Harden Murrumburrah Historical Society Inc JUGIONG NSW erect three bronze plaques commemorating local Second World War servicemen and women on the War Memorial Gates in Jugiong  $4,000
RAAF Transport Flight Vietnam / 35 Squadron Council COFFS HARBOUR NSW hold a meet and greet function on 8 August 2014 at Opal Cove Resort in Coffs Harbour to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the deployment of the first RAAF operational unit to the Vietnam War  $769
RAAF Transport Flight Vietnam / 35 Squadron Council COFFS HARBOUR NSW To publish a 'Caribou history of operations' booklet to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the deployment of the first RAAF peration unit to the Vietnam War  $352
Narooma RSL Sub-branch NAROOMA NSW install six bronze plaques at the war memorial at the Narooma RSL club to commemorate local service in various conflicts  $4,000
Tumut RSL Sub-branch ADELONG NSW add four names to the War Memorial at Adelong  $710
Davistown RSL Sub-branch DAVISTOWN NSW affix four service plaques to the memorial wall at the Davistown RSL Club  $3,000
The Radar Air Defence Branch
RAAF Association (NSW)
EAST GOSFORD NSW purchase a RAAF Radar Air Defence and Air Traffic Control banner for use on Anzac Day  $660
National Servicemen's Association of Australia
Shoalhaven Sub-branch
ULLADULLA NSW install three information plaques on wartime memorabilia displayed at the Shoalhaven National Servicemen's Memorial in Ulladulla  $4,000
Bonalbo RSL Sub-branch BONALBO NSW install a plaque at the commemorative gazebo in Bonalbo to commemorate local servicemen interned as prisoners of war in the Second World War  $2,695
Australian Armourers Association SHELLY BEACH NSW print two books on the history of RAAF armourers and armament from 1921 to 2011  $2,615
Laurieton RSL Sub-branch LAURIETON  NSW construct Navy and Air Force Memorials at Laurieton Memorial Park  $     4,000
Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Club Inc UMINA  NSW construct a community memorial at Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Club in Umina  $4,000
Nelson Bay RSL Sub-branch NELSON BAY  NSW restore existing name panel on a memorial at Apex Park in Nelson Bay  $2,948
The National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Assoc Australia Inc South Australia & Northern Territory Branch GARDEN ISLAND  NSW hold a commemoration service for the 50th anniversary of the embarkation of HMAS Sydney to Borneo and Kedah  $2,689
Wollongong City Council DAPTO NSW restore the Dapto Pool War Memorial  $4,000
The 7th Australian Division AIF Association CHESTER HILL  NSW hold a service at Bass Hill to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Lae campaign  $3,000
Belmont RSL Sub-branch BELMONT NSW relocate and upgrade the Belmont War Memorial  $4,000
Battle of Java Sea & Coral Sea Commemoration Committee SYDNEY  NSW hold the inaugural merged Java and Coral Sea commemorative service at the Sydney Cenotaph  $1,550
Total 23    $60,274
Recipient Location Funding Description  Total $
Roma RSL Sub-branch MUCKADILLA QLD install an honour board commemorating local service men and women at Muckadilla  $2,859
Long Tan Veterans Association ENOGGERA QLD install four bronze plaques on a rock at Gallipoli Baracks, Enoggera, to create a monument to commemorate those killed at Long Tan  $3,632
Gold Coast War Museum MUDGEERABA QLD purchase glass to create showcase cabinets to display wartime memorabilia at the Gold Coast War Museum and for loan to schools and community organisations  $3,000
Bundaberg & District Ex Servicewomen's Association Inc BUNDABERG QLD erect a memorial wall at the War Nurses Memorial Park to commemorate all Australian service nurses  $4,000
Manly-Lota RSL Sub-branch MANLY QLD restore and upgrade the Manly War Memorial  $3,500
Beerwah Peachester RSL Sub-branch BEERWAH QLD restore the Beerwah Peachester War Memorial and immediate surrounds  $2,000
National Servicemen's Association (Qld) Inc
Toowoomba & District Branch
TOOWOOMBA QLD produce a book on the history of national service and compulsory military service in Australia  $3,000
Palmwoods and District RSL Sub-branch PALMWOODS QLD restore three plaques on the Palmwoods War Memorial  $301
Nambour & District Historical Museum Association Inc NAMBOUR QLD Assist the museum in memorabilia displays of former local residents  $2,240
Innovative Care Ltd TUGUN  QLD erect a new honour board and flagpole at the Tugun Aged Care Facility  $1,170
Lowood RSL Sub-branch LOWOOD QLD upgrade the Lowood War Memorial and immediate surrounds  $3,801
Total 11    $29,503
Recipient Location Funding Description  Total $
National Servicemen's Association of Australia
Eyre Peninsula Sub-branch
PORT LINCOLN SA install two plaques at the RSL Garden of Remembrance in Port Lincoln to honour Australian servicemen and women and merchant navy seamen for their service in the Vietnam War  $2,400
Kadina Memorial School KADINA SA upgrade the Memorial Arch at Kadina Memorial School and install fencing, signage, lighting and a garden  $3,630
Sacred Heart College SOMERTON PARK SA restore Second World War and post-1952 honour rolls at Sacred Heart College  $3,000
Sacred Heart College SOMERTON PARK SA install lighting above the Second World War and post-1952 honour rolls at Sacred Heart College  $3,000
Cowell RSL Sub-branch COWELL SA Install mannequins to display military uniforms and purchase three frames to hold photographs of local Second World War veterans at the Cowell RSL Sub-branch hall  $2,519
Brighton RSL Sub-branch BRIGHTON SA install a bookcase to hold the library collection of the Brighton RSL Sub-branch  $1,760
3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment South Australia Association Inc ADELAIDE SA hold a luncheon on following a service to dedicate a memorial to the 50th Infantry Battalion AIF on the Pathway of Honour, Adelaide  $3,000
3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment South Australia Association Inc ADELAIDE SA install a plaque on a plinth on the Pathway of Honour, Adelaide, to commemorate the 50th Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force  $4,000
Touched by FIRE Australia MORPHETT VALE SA purchase mannequins and showcases to display military uniforms from the Vietnam War in a mobile exhibition  $933
Total 9    $24,242
Recipient Location Funding Description  Total $
Sorell RSL Sub-branch SORELL TAS restore the Boer War Memorial in Sorell  $2,430
Campania District School CAMPANIA TAS install a flagpole and build a memorial garden at Campania District School  $1,809
Naval Association of Australia
Devonport/Ulverstone Sub-section
ULVERSTONE TAS erect a memorial and hold a commemorative service in Ulverstone to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Voyager II  $2,585
Northern Midlands RSL Sub-branch PERTH TAS repair damage to the Cenotaph in Perth, Tasmania  $1,950
Smithton RSL Sub-branch SMITHTON TAS install a display cabinet to showcase wartime memorabilia at the Smithton RSL Sub-branch  $2,258
Total 5    $11,032
Recipient Location Funding Description  Total $
National Servicemen's Association of Australia
South East Victorian Sub-branch
BERWICK VIC restore the National Servicemen's Memorial in Berwick  $2,300
Numurkah & District Development Committee Inc NUMURKAH VIC Install a wall art mural overlooking the Numurkah Cenotaph depicting local servicemen and women in theatres of war from the Boer War to the present.  $3,000
Cohuna/Leitchville RSL Sub-branch COHUNA VIC erect a flagpole to fly the Australian National Flag at the Cohuna/Leitchville RSL Sub-branch clubrooms  $500
Royal Australian Air Force Association
Ballarat Branch
HAMILTON VIC restore the Hamilton Air Force Memorial Gates  $1,920
St Thomas Aquinas College TYNONG VIC install a flagpole at St Thomas Aquinas College  $500
Stanhope RSL Sub-branch STANHOPE VIC install a plaque on the Stanhope War Memorial commemorating local service women who served in the Second World War  $550
Innovative Care Ltd ECHUCA VIC erect a new honour board and flagpole at the Echuca Residential Care Facility  $1,170
Coleraine RSL Sub-branch COLERAINE VIC upgrade the flagpole and cenotaph at the memorial garden at Coleraine RSL  $2,008
Corop Community Action Group COROP VIC erect a flagpole at Corop Community Centre to fly the Australian National Flag  $500
Royal Australian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers Association (Vic) Inc FOUNTAIN GATE VIC purchase an updated RAEME banner for use on days of commemoration  $3,000
Lifestyle Communities Ltd T/A Lifestyle Hastings Village HASTINGS VIC install a flagpole to fly the Australian National Flag at Lifestyle Hastings Village  $500
Maroona Recreation Centre Committee MAROONA VIC erect a war memorial in Maroona to honour local First World War and Second World War servicemen  $3,275
Tongala RSL Sub-branch TONGALA VIC install an honour board at Tongala RSL Hall to commemorate servicemen from the Tongala district who served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War  $350
National Vietnam Veterans Museum SAN REMO VIC create a 9RAR interactive display at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum  $2,920
Gembrook Primary School GEMBROOK VIC undertake a research project and install a memorial rock and plaque to commemorate the contribution of local ex-service personnel in peacekeeping and in times of conflict  $1,000
National Vietnam Veterans Museum Ltd NEWHAVEN  VIC restore and upgrade honour board in the National Vietnam Veterans Museum  $2,250
Geelong Lodge / Dependable Care GEELONG  VIC erect a flagpole at Geelong Lodge in Belmont to fly the Australian National Flag  $500
Brim Memorial Hall Committee BRIM  VIC restore and upgrade the historical flagpole at the Brim Memorial Hall  $3,135
Bendigo District RSL Sub-branch LONG GULLY VIC restore a Centurion Tank on display at the Bendigo District RSL Sub-branch Memorial and Memorabilia Park  $3,000
Robert O'Hara Burke Memorial Museum BEECHWORTH VIC publish a book Beechworth at War focussing on the stories of residents of Beechworth involved in the Boer War and the First and Second World Wars  $3,000
Castlemaine RSL Sub-branch SUTTON GRANGE VIC improve access to the Sutton Grange War Memorial  $925
Creswick-Smeaton RSL Sub-branch CRESWICK VIC erect a flagpole at the Creswick Cenotaph to fly the Australian National Flag  $500
Hemsley Park Residents Committee BALLARAT EAST VIC install a flagpole at the Hemsley Park Retirement Village to fly the Australian National Flag  $500
Reservoir Lodge / Dependable Care RESERVOIR  VIC install a flagpole at Reservoir Lodge in Reservoir to fly the Australian National flag  $500
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Mitchell Sub-branch SEYMOUR  VIC install closed circuit television cameras at the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk in Seymour  $4,000
Total 25    $41,803
Recipient Location Funding Description  Total $
Helena College Junior School DARLINGTON WA install a memorial garden at Helena College Junior School  $3,000
Royal Australian Engineers Association of WA Inc BALGA WA publish a book Sappers in the West - Army Engineers in Western Australia - 1851 to 2012  $3,000
Serpentine-Jarrahdale RSL Sub-branch HYDEN WA install a display cabinet at the Miniature Soldier Museum in Hyden to exhibit wartime memorabilia  $3,000
Shire of Williams WILLIAMS  WA install a community war memorial in Williams, Western Australia  $3,300
Kelmscott-Pinjarra 10th Lighthorse Memorial Troop Inc SEVILLE GROVE  WA display a complete, genuine World War 2 uniform  $1,941
Ballajura RSL Sub-branch BALLAJURA  WA install six new commemorative plaques on the memorial in Ballajura Peace Park  $3,000
Total 6    $17,241
Total of all grants 81    $187,065


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