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Thursday, 27 March 2014
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LOCAL GRANTS SALUTE AUSTRALIA’S VETERANS

Commemorative projects saluting Australia’s servicemen and women, past and present, have received funding under the Saluting Their Service grants program, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson announced today.

Senator Ronaldson said the latest round of the Saluting Their Service grants program provided 103 veteran and Defence community organisations across the country with $233,724 in Government funding.

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

“These funds support local, community-based projects such as the restoration of wartime memorabilia, establishing new memorials and flag poles, and refurbishing existing memorials and local rolls of honour,” Senator Ronaldson said.

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

Senator Ronaldson encouraged any organisation across Australia seeking support for a project commemorating Australia’s military history 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 www.dva.gov.au/grants or call 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.

Funding for projects commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War, 2014-2018, is currently available under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Programme. More information and application forms can be found at www.anzaccentenary.gov.au

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

SALUTING THEIR SERVICE COMMEMORATIVE GRANT RECIPIENTS

NEW SOUTH WALES
Recipient Location Funding description Total $
Bega RSL Sub-branch BEGA NSW To help restore the Second World War 25 pounder gun at the Bega War Memorial. 4000
Binalong Progress Association BINALONG To help install two full size steel soldier silhouettes at the Binalong War Memorial Garden. 4000
Bondi Junction RSL Sub-branch WAVERLEY NSW To help restore the Waverley Park War Memorial which commemorates those from the district who served in all wars and conflicts. 4000
City of Albury RSL Sub-branch ALBURY NSW To help install a memorial cross with garden surrounds at Anzac House, Albury.  3474
Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Association GRAFTON NSW Towards a dinner on 18 August 2013 at the Grafton District Services Club following a service at Memorial Park to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Battle of Coral/Balmoral. 1750
Cowra RSL Sub-branch COWRA NSW To help restore the Cowra Second World War Honour Rolls and flagpole located at the front of the Cowra Services Club. 4000
Doyalson-Wyee RSL Sub-branch DOYALSON NSW To help erect toughened glass fencing around a relocated 25 Pounder gun at the front of the Doyalson-Wyee RSL Sub-branch. 4000
Emmanuel Anglican College WEST BALLINA NSW To help restore the flagpole at Emmanuel Anglican College and pave the commemoration area. 3000
Frank Partridge VC Military Museum BOWRAVILLE NSW To help mount and frame photographs and information for display at the Frank Partridge VC Military Museum to commemorate the centenary of the Royal Australian Navy. 1200
Greta RSL Sub-branch GRETA NSW To help restore the Greta Cenotaph and purchase a remote PA system for use at commemorative events. 1100
HMAS Anzac/Tobruk Association Inc TWEED HEADS NSW Towards a reunion dinner on 1 August 2013 at Tweed Heads Bowling Club to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. 1150
HMAS Sydney Association Inc MOSMAN NSW To help hold a function on 26 June 2013 at the Mosman RSL Club following a service at Bradley's Head to commemorate the centenary of the commissioning of HMAS Sydney I. 1750
Howlong RSL Sub-branch HOWLONG NSW To help upgrade the Howlong War Memorial with a plaque listing all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping. 2300
Iluka Public School ILUKA NSW To help install a flagpole at Iluka Public School for use by students on days of commemoration. . 3000
Kiama-Jamberoo RSL Sub-branch KIAMA NSW To help replace the deteriorated post First World War Honour rolls on the wall of the Kiama Memorial Arch. 4000
Macksville RSL Sub-branch EUNGAI CREEK NSW To help install a plaque on a stone with landscaped surrounds at the Eungai Creek Cemetery Memorial Garden to commemorate all servicemen and women from the district.  958
Moruya and District Historical Society Inc MORUYA NSW To help install a cabinet at the Moruya and District Historical Museum to house and display donated wartime memorabilia. 2860
Murwillumbah RSL Sub-branch TYALGUM NSW To help upgrade the Tyalgum War Memorial with a 1.2 metre high brick wall surround. 3328
National Servicemen's Association NSW Inc
Sydney Northern Beaches Sub-branch Inc
DEE WHY NSW To help install a plaque on a plinth at the memorial on The Strand, Dee Why, to commemorate National Servicemen who were called up between 1951-1972. 1112
National Servicemen's Association of Australia (NSW Branch) Inc
Tweed Valley/Murwillumbah Sub-branch
MURWILLUMBAH NSW To help install a plaque on the Wall of Remembrance, Murwillumbah, commemorating servicemen and women who served in the Boer War. 1157
National Servicemen's Association of Australia Inc
Northern Tablelands & New England Sub-branch
INVERELL NSW To help erect a memorial in Inverell to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all National Servicemen. 4000
Neville Public Hall Reserve Trust NEVILLE NSW To help restore the entrance arch at the Neville-Shaw War Memorial and upgrade the memorial to include the names of those from the area who served in Korea and Vietnam. 700
Nowra-Greenwell Point RSL Sub-branch NOWRA NSW To help restore and mount 173 post First World War war medals for display at the Nowra-Greenwell Point RSL Sub-branch and install a security alarm system to protect the display. 2280
Pallamallawa War Memorial Committee PALLAMALLAWA NSW To help erect a new memorial in Pallamallawa to commemorate local servicemen and women who served in the Second World War and the Vietnam War. 4000
Ramsgate RSL Sub-branch SANS SOUCI NSW To help hold a dinner on 28 September 2013 at the Ramsgate RSL Memorial Club to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy. 1950
Reserve Forces Day Hunter Region Council Inc NEWCASTLE  NSW To help hold a march and service on 6 July 2013 in Civic Park, Newcastle, to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the reformation of the CMF. 2750
Sapphire Coast Anglican College BEGA NSW To help erect one flagpole at Sapphire Coast Anglican College to fly the Australian, National Flag for use by students on days of commemoration. 834
Tenterfield & District Historical Society Inc TENTERFIELD NSW To help restore a Second World War Honour board at the Centenary Cottage Museum, Tenterfield. 500
Trundle Central School TRUNDLE NSW To help purchase materials for students at Trundle Central School to build and erect a new flagpole to fly the Australian National Flag. 400
Tumbarumba Shire Council TUMBARUMBA NSW To help upgrade lighting and restore post First World War components of the stonework at the Tumbarumba War Memorial. 4000
Ulmarra RSL Sub-branch ULMARRA NSW To help replace the existing lead lettering on the Ulmarra Community War Memorial with new granite tablets inscribed with the names of those who served in the Second World War. 2350
Vietnam Veterans Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Association
Wagga Wagga Riverina and MIA Sub-branch
WAGGA WAGGA NSW To help hold a luncheon on 19 August 2013 following a service at the Vietnam Memorial, Wagga Wagga Memorial Gardens, to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Battles of Coral and Balmoral. 900
Wallsend RSL Sub-branch WALLSEND NSW To help restore a Second World War 25 Pounder memorial field gun in Federal Park, Wallsend. 3000
Woronora River RSL Sub-branch WORONORA NSW To help restore the memorial at the Woronora River RSL Sub-branch. 4000
Yass Public School YASS NSW To help install a plaque and flagpole with garden surround at Yass Public School to fly the Australian National Flag. 2071
Total - 35 Total $ 85,874
VICTORIA
Recipient Location Funding description Funding $
Ballarat RSL Sub-branch BALLARAT VIC Towards purchasing four glass cabinets to display military uniforms worn by Australian servicemen and women in various theatres of war since the Second World War. 3000
Benjeroop Public Hall Inc BENJEROOP VIC To help update the honour board at the Benjeroop Public Hall to correct misspelt names. 105
Caesia Gardens Retirement Village Residents Association Inc CAROLINE SPRINGS VIC To help install a flagpole at Caesia Gardens Retirement Village to fly the Australian National Flag. 1208
Coronet Bay Reserves Committee of Management CORONET BAY VIC To help replace the Coronet Bay War Memorial that has been vandalised. 1200
Creswick-Smeaton RSL Sub-branch BALLARAT VIC Towards producing a video featuring twelve local Second World War veterans in conjunction with Creswick North Primary School. 3000
Crib Point Primary School CRIB POINT VIC To help plant a remembrance garden and install seating at Crib Point Primary School. 1226
Daylesford RSL Sub-branch HEPBURN SPRINGS VIC To help restore the post First World War components of the Soldiers Memorial at Hepburn, including cleaning and restoration of granite and metal components to return the memorial to its original condition. 2338
Graytown Community Action Group GRAYTOWN VIC To help install a plaque and a flagpole at the new Graytown Community Centre. 2018
Harrow RSL Sub-branch HARROW VIC To help update the Second World War Honour Roll on the Harrow War Memorial. 1336
Hawkesdale and District Development Action Committee WANNON VIC To help install a memorial plinth with paved surrounds and two lights adjacent to the Hawkesdale Memorial Hall to commemorate those who served in all conflicts. 3463
Heathcote RSL Sub-branch HEATHCOTE VIC To help install a lockable wall unit to display wartime memorabilia at the Heathcote RSL Hall. 3000
Kew RSL Sub-branch KEW VIC To help restore a 25 pounder Mark "II" Star Field Gun at the entrance to the Kew RSL Sub-branch. 2805
Labertouche Primary School LABERTOUCHE VIC To help install a flagpole at Labertouche Primary School to fly the Australian National Flag. 660
Morwell RSL Sub-branch Inc MORWELL VIC To help install a plinth and plaque in Morwell to commemorate the local servicemen who served in the Boer War. 1755
National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association Bendigo Branch BENDIGO VIC To help install a plaque on the Bendigo RSL Memorial Wall commemorating Malaya and Borneo veterans. 827
RAEME 102 Field Workshop Reunion GANNAWARRA VIC To help hold a reunion dinner on 4 October 2013 in Avondale to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the return of RAEME 102 Field Workshop from Vietnam. 950
St Arnaud RSL Sub-branch ST ARNAUD VIC To help replace the flagpole on the front fascia of the RSL Hall,  St Arnaud, to fly the Australian National Flag. 3000
Traralgon RSL Sub-branch Inc TRARALGON VIC To help install a plaque on the Traralgon Cenotaph to commemorate all who served in the Korean War. 682
Upwey Belgrave RSL Sub-branch LA TROBE VIC To help install security sensors and interpretive plaques at a display of deactivated Australian rifles and swords in the Running Rabbits Military Museum at the Upwey Belgrave RSL Sub-branch. 1599
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Victorian Branch
Ballarat Sub-branch
BALLARAT VIC To help hold a luncheon on 18 August 2013 at the Sebastopol Bowls Club to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the withdrawal of Australian troops from Vietnam. 1250
Wandong Heathcote Junction Community Group Inc WANDONG VIC To help erect a new Wandong Heathcote Junction War Memorial in Wandong Memorial Park. 4000
Western Port Oberon Association Inc
Maritime Memorial Centre, Crib Point
CRIB POINT VIC To help install a display cabinet at the Maritime Memorial Centre, Crib Point, to house and preserve donated wartime memorabilia. 2850
Women's Royal Australian Army Corp Association (Victoria) Inc MELBOURNE VIC To help hold a dinner on 16 August 2013 at the Hotel Charsfield, Melbourne, to commemorate the first and final reunion for ex WRAAC and RAANC who served at 31 WRAAC Barracks between 1950-1989. 650
Woolsthorpe Progress Association WOOLSTHORPE VIC To help upgrade the Woolsthorpe Memorial with a granite memorial wall and honour rolls commemorating local servicemen and women who have served in the Second World War, Korea and Vietnam. 4000
Total grants - 24 Total $ 46,922
QUEENSLAND
Recipient Location Funding description Amount
8/9th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment
8/9 RAR Historical Museum
ENOGGERA QLD To help reframe 43 photographs for display in the 8/9 RAR Historical Museum, Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera. 3000
Beaudesert RSL Sub-branch BEAUDESERT QLD To help install a plaque in the Beaudesert Memorial Garden to commemorate those who served in the Korean War. 275
Beenleigh & District RSL Sub-branch Inc BEENLEIGH QLD To help install a glass cabinet in the Beenleigh RSL to display wartime memorabilia. 3000
Bowen RSL Sub-branch Inc BOWEN QLD To help install two plaques to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the loss of Catalina Flight A24-24 on 17 August 1943. 3440
Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School SPRINGFIELD LAKES QLD Erect a flagpole at the Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School to fly the Australian National Flag. 677
Millmerran & District Historical Society Inc MILLMERRAN QLD To help install a cabinet and TV in the Light Horse Shed, Millmerran, to display memorabilia of the local men with served with the 11th Light Horse during the Second World War. 1828
Moore Park Beach Community Association Inc MOORE PARK BEACH QLD Towards the redevelopment and upgrade of the post First World War components of the War Memorial and gardens at Moore Park Beach to commemorate servicemen and women who have served in all wars and conflicts . 4000
Newlife Uniting Church Robina ROBINA QLD To help establish a memorial garden and a flagpole at the Newlife Uniting Church, Robina. 3552
Our Lady of Dolours Primary School MITCHELTON QLD To help install a new memorial at Our Lady of Dolours Primary School, Mitchelton. 4000
Peachester Reserve for Recreation
Peachester History Committee
PEACHESTER QLD To help assist with publishing a booklet, Peachester Remembers, commemorating local servicemen and women who are named on the Peachester Memorial Wall. 2493
Pimpama State Secondary College PIMPAMA QLD To help install a memorial at the new Pimpama State Secondary College. 1500
RAAF Dog Handlers Association BURLEIGH WATERS QLD To help install plaques on RSL memorials around Queensland to commemorate the role played by RAAF dogs and their handlers. 1568
Ravenshoe RSL Sub-branch RAVENSHOE QLD To help restore a Second World War Chev C605 Blitz truck for display at the Ravenshoe RSL Sub-branch. 3000
Seachange Home Owners Association Inc ARUNDEL QLD To help install an Anzac Memorial plaque at the Seachange Village, Arundel, to commemorate those who have served in the Australian Defence Force. 858
Thallon Progress Association THALLON QLD To help erect a new memorial in Thallon, which will feature a digger, carved from granite, standing on a plinth with a roll of honour commemorating those who served in all wars and conflicts. 4000
Totally and Permanently Disabled Ex-Servicepersons Association (Townsville) Inc SOUTH TOWNSVILLE QLD To help erect a flagpole at the new premises for the Totally and Permanently Disabled Ex-Servicepersons Association in Dean Park, South Townsville, to fly the Australian National Flag. 1913
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Bribie Island and District Sub-branch BRIBIE ISLAND QLD Install three LED up lights with vandal proof cages at the new Long Tan Cross in Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Park, Bongaree. 4000
Total grants - 17 Total $ 43,104
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Recipient Location Funding description Total
Town of Victoria Park VICTORIA PARK WA To help restore the Memorial Gardens plaque and the Second World War component of the Victoria Park Citizens plaque in the Memorial Gardens, Victoria Park, Perth. 1210
Vietnam Logistics Support Veterans Association WA Inc YANGEBUP WA To help restore the HMAS Sydney II and Vietnam Logistics Support banners and supports. 930
Total grants - 2 Total $ 2,140
       
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Recipient Location Funding description Total
2nd Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment Association Inc
South Australia Branch
ADELAIDE SA To help erect a memorial on the Pathway of Honour, Torrens Parade Ground, Adelaide, to commemorate all members who have served with the 2nd Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment. 4000
3 Troop 3rd Cavalry Regiment GLENELG NORTH SA Towards holding a reunion dinner on 31 October 2013 at the Comfort Inn Haven Marina, Glenelg North, to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Battle of Baria.
650
7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Association SA Branch Inc ADELAIDE SA To help install a plaque and plinth at the Pathway of Honour in Adelaide commemorating 50 years of service by the 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment. 4000
7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Association (SA Branch) Inc ADELAIDE SA To help install a plaque and plinth at the Pathway of Honour in Adelaide to commemorate the members of the 2/7th Battalion Australian Infantry Force who fought in Europe, the Middle East and New Guinea during the Second World War. 4000
7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Association SA Branch Inc ADELAIDE SA To help install a 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Honour Roll and granite plinth at the Pathway of Honour in Adelaide to commemorate the 34 members of the 7th Battalion RAR who have made the ultimate sacrifice in wars and conflicts over the past 50 years. 4000
Army Museum of South Australia ADELAIDE SA To help restore a pre First World War uniform worn by the 17th Light Horse Regiment in the 4th Military District for display at the Army Museum of South Australia. 1254
Echunga RSL Sub-branch ECHUNGA SA To help install a plaque on the Avenue of Honour, Echunga Memorial Garden, to commemorate the Boer War. 279
Gladstone Community Development and Tourism Association Inc GLADSTONE SA To help restore and reposition a Second World War 25lb gun adjacent to the war memorial in the main street of Gladstone. 4000
Moonta RSL Sub-branch MOONTA SA To help Iinstall a flagpole in front of the purpose built memorial building adjacent to historical Moonta Railway Station where community commemorative services are held. 778
Moonta RSL Sub-branch MOONTA SA To help install an honour board in the Moonta RSL Club rooms to honour local servicemen and women who served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations post the First World War. 800
Mt View Homes Inc BOOLEROO CENTRE SA To help erect a flagpole at the Mt View Homes aged care facility in Booleroo Centre and pave the immediate area for use by residents on days of commemoration. 2069
Royal Australian Signals Association
South Australia Branch
SEPPELTSFIELD SA Towards a reunion dinner on 27 October 2013 at Seppeltsfield Winery to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Coral Balmoral and the 40th anniversary of the withdrawal of troops from Vietnam. 3000
Salisbury RSL Sub-branch Inc SALISBURY SA To help restore the Second World War component of the Cross of Sacrifice Memorial in Salisbury. 1320
Tungkillo Progress Club Inc TUNGKILLO To help erect an memorial wall at the Tungkillo Soldiers War Memorial to commemorate those from the area who served in the Second World War. 2500
Total grants - 14 Total $ 32,650
TASMANIA
Recipient Location Funding description Total
Claremont RSL Sub-branch Inc CLAREMONT TAS To help restore, mount and frame two silk Second World War RAAF escape maps from the Papua New Guinea region for display at the Claremont RSL Sub-branch. 1651
Evandale History Society Inc EVANDALE TAS To help erect a memorial wall in Evandale Memorial Park to commemorate men and women who have served in all wars and conflicts post the Second World War.

4000
Naval Association of Australia
Launceston South Sub-section
LAUNCESTON TAS To help hold a dinner in March 2014 at Archers Manor, Launceston, to commemorate the centenary of the Royal Australian Navy.

1750
Northern Midlands/Longford RSL Sub-branch LONGFORD TAS To help restore two 25 pounder guns on display at the Longford RSL Memorial Club.

3000
South Arm RSL Sub-branch SOUTH ARM TAS To help install a new flagpole at the South Arm RSL Wall of Remembrance to fly the Australian National Flag.
988
Total grants - 5 Total $ 11,389
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Recipient Location Funding description Total
110-111 LAA Battery Royal Australian Artillery REID ACT To help hold a luncheon at the Canberra Institute of Technology on 24 October 2013 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the departure of the last Australian troops from Vietnam.
1350
5 Airfield Construction Squadron Association
NSW Branch
MAJURA ACT To help install a plaque in Memorial Grove, Majura, to commemorate those who served with the RAAF Airfield Construction Squadrons during the Second World War and restore a No 2 Airfield Construct Squadron plaque
2046
RAAF Association
ACT Division
MAJURA ACT To help Iinstall a plaque in RAAF Memorial Grove, Majura, to commemorate Chaplains who have served with the Australian Flying Corps and the Royal Australian Air Force during peace time and in conflict. 1265
United Nations & Overseas Policing Association of Australia
National Branch
PARKES ACT To help hold a dinner on 24 May 2014 at Parliament House, Canberra, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the departure of the 'fighting 1st' United Nations Force in Cyprus, Australian Civilian Police contingent to Cyprus.
3000
Total grants - 4 Total $ 7,661
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Recipient Location Funding description Total
Darwin Military Museum DARWIN NT To help install a new display at the Darwin Military Museum to recognise the INTERFET deployment to East Timor from Darwin in 1999. 1220
The Returned & Services League of Australia SA/NT Branch Inc
Alice Springs War Museum
ALICE SPRINGS NT To help install two cabinets in the Alice Springs War Museum to preserve and display a large amount of donated wartime memorabilia. 2764
Total grants - 2 Total $ 3,984
Total of all grants 103 Grant Total $ $233,724

 

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