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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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Thursday, 13 August 2015


Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced 116 community projects honouring Australian servicemen and women will receive more than $285,000 in funding under the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service grants programme.

Senator Ronaldson said the grants supported a wide range of local projects, from restoring and building memorials, to installing flag poles and plaques, and producing commemorative books.

“This funding enables communities to decide how they recognise the service of all men and women who have served the nation in any war, conflict or peace operation in which Australia has been involved,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“The projects receiving grants commemorate the service of those involved in a number of conflicts, including the Boer War, First World War, Second World War, Vietnam War, Korean War and peace operations.”

These projects have been funded under the Community Commemorative Grants category of the Saluting Their Service grants programme, which provides up to $4000 for projects, enabling small communities to build memorials and preserve locally significant wartime memorabilia.

Senator Ronaldson said he was particularly pleased to announce these grants during the Centenary of Anzac period, as they would help small communities continue to honour the men and women who have served our nation.

“The Anzac Centenary period is a time for all Australians to commemorate a Century of Service, honouring all those who have worn our nation’s uniform, including the more than 102,000 who lost their lives in conflicts over the past 100 years,” he said.

For more information about Saluting Their Service grants, visit the DVA website ( or call 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.

Editor’s note: A list of grant recipients in each state is attached. In accordance with the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines, approved grants will be added to the list on the DVA website within 14 days of the funding agreement between DVA and the organisation taking effect.

Media enquiries: Minister Ronaldson: Mark Lee 02 6277 7820 or 0408 547 381
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203


Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Bankstown City Council Padstow Banks To refurbish the war memorial in Padstow $3,636.00
Oatley Public School Oatley Banks Restoration of the site of the original 1924 War Memorial $3,249.00
Vietnam Veterans Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Association of Australia (NSW Branch) Inc. Bankstown Blaxland To hold a luncheon at the Bankstown District Sports Club on Vietnam Veterans' Day, 18 August 2015 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the departure of the first Australian Combat Troops to South Vietnam and the commencement of National Service. $2,727.00
Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association Inc. Rathmines Charlton To restore and clean the Rathmines Catalina Memorial $4,000.00
Ourimbah-Lisarow RSL Sub-Branch Ourimbah Dobell To install six bronze plaques on the RSL cenotaph to commemorate the involvement of Australian personnel in conflicts from the Boer War to the Vietnam War $3,930.00
Ourimbah-Lisarow RSL Sub-Branch Ourimbah Dobell To install a display cabinet at the Ourimbah-Lisarow RSL Sub-branch to display memorabilia from conflicts in Vietnam, Iraq, Timor and Afghanistan $2,727.00
Toukley RSL Sub-Branch Toukley Dobell To install a flagpole to fly the Australian National Flag at the new Welfare Pension Office in Toukley $885.00
Toukley RSL Sub-Branch Norah Head Dobell To print a historic centenary programme on the naming of 'Memorial Beach' at Norah Head, for distribution at the Anzac Day Centenary Service.   The beach is being named after those who were killed at Gallipoli. $870.00
Spiral Gallery Co-operative Bega Eden-Monaro To hold a community quilts project to produce two quilts reflecting on Bega Valley's response to war and peacekeeping $3,000.00
Urana Soldiers Memorial Hall Committee Urana Farrer To restore four honour boards at the Urana Soldiers Memorial Hall $3,000.00
Lockhart Shire Council Lockhart Farrer To restore the First World War honour board located in the Lockhart Memorial Hall $3,636.00
Murray Shire Council Moama Farrer To restore the Moama War Memorial and Federation Clock $3,394.00
Sunset Strip Progress Association Sunset Strip Farrer To install a War Memorial at the Sunset Strip Community Centre $3,000.00
Walbundrie Hall Committee Walbundrie Farrer To refurbish the Walbundrie First World War honour board located at the Walbundrie Memorial Hall $405.00
Rand RSL Sub-Branch Rand Farrer To install a First World War plaque on the Rand War Memorial $2,532.00
Balranald Inc. Honour Our Veterans Trail Balranald Farrer To install interpretive signage along the Honour Our Veterans walking trail in Balranald $3,636.00
Fort Street Boys High School Class of 1963 Petersham Grayndler To install a plaque in the Fort Street High School memorial hall dedicated to all Fortians who served and in memory of those who died in conflicts post the Second World War $2,878.00
Mitchell High School Blacktown Greenway To purchase three plaques to install in the school's commemorative garden honouring the 53 men from the Blacktown area who died in the First World War $4,000.00
Cootamundra Local History Society Inc. Cootamundra Hume To erect a memorial to mark the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the RAAF's No. 1 Air Observers School in Cootamundra and to honour the airmen who trained at the school $3,674.00
Breadalbane Community Hall & Park Committee Breadalbane Hume To construct a new memorial in Chisholm Park, Breadalbane to commemorate those from the district who served in the First World War and the Second World War $4,000.00
Goulburn and District Historical Society Inc. Goulburn Hume To clean and repair a 1898 Australian light Horse uniform, which will form the centrepiece of the Goulburn and District Historical Society's upcoming museum reopening $2,727.00
Kurri Kurri RSL Sub-Branch Kurri Kurri Hunter To install a plaque by the lone pine in Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri in honour of the Australian soldiers killed or wounded at Gallipoli $948.00
Cessnock City Council Abermain Hunter To refurbish the Abermain War Memorial, which is a community focal point for commemorative services $1,600.00
Cessnock City Council Greta Hunter To refurbish the Greta War Memorial, which commemorates the service of Australian personnel in the First and Second World Wars $2,850.00
Cessnock City Council Pokolbin Hunter To refurbish the Pokolbin Public School Memorial Gates, which commemorate service personnel who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars $2,000.00
Cessnock City Council Mulbring Hunter To refurbish the Mulbring Roll of Honour $519.00
Cessnock City Council Aberdare Hunter To restore the memorial at the Veterans Memorial Park in Aberdare $1,545.00
Cessnock City Council Aberdare Hunter To restore the memorial entrance gates to Aberdare Cemetery, which honour service personnel who died prior to 1925 $3,250.00
Cessnock City Council Kurri Kurri Hunter To restore the Kurri Kurri War Memorial, which honours soldiers who died during the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War and the Vietnam War $1,750.00
Cessnock City Council Cessnock Hunter To restore the Cessnock War Memorial which commemorates the First World War, Second World War, and the Vietnam and Korean Wars. $1,800.00
Singleton RSL Sub-Branch Singleton Hunter To purchase flags to raise on the headstones of deceased service personnel on gravesites in the Singleton area from 23 April to 27 April 2015 to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac $1,800.00
Our Lady of The Way School Emu Plains Emu Plains Lindsay To construct a remembrance wall to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac $4,000.00
Taree RSL Sub-Branch Taree Lyne To upgrade the RAAF memorial fountain in Fotheringham Park $2,568.00
Macarthur Gardens Retirement Village Campbelltown Macarthur To install a flagpole at the retirement village to fly the Australian National Flag $1,182.00
The Friends of the Australiana Pioneer Village Inc. Wilberforce Macquarie To install memorial plaques in the Australiana Village Memorial Garden and exhibit local First World War information as part of the Villages' commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac. $1,497.00
Windsor and District RSL Sub-Branch Freemans Reach Macquarie To improve access to the Freemans Reach War Memorial $3,636.00
Our Lady of the Nativity Primary School Lawson Macquarie To undertake a school project into the local history of Australia's involvement in war $2,648.00
NSW Police RSL Sub-Branch South Windsor Macquarie To publish a book entitled - 'From Coppers to Diggers' World War 1 1914-1918 (and Other Conflicts 1885-1976) $3,000.00
Our Lady Queen of Peace Greystanes Greystanes McMahon To install a memorial garden at the School to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac $2,685.00
Armidale RSL Sub-Branch Armidale New England To hold a commemorative service on Anzac Day 2015 in Armidale's Central Park to mark the 100th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli $1,567.00
Kentucky Memorial Hall and Literary Institute Inc. Kentucky New England To restore and display photographs of First World War and Second World War servicemen and women at the memorial hall $4,000.00
Merewether-Hamilton RSL Sub-Branch Hamilton Newcastle To install a flagpole at the First World War memorial in Gregson Park, Hamilton $1,500.00
Callaghan College Jesmond Newcastle To undertake a school research project titled 'They served - Australian Army Nurses from the Hunter in World War 1 $3,000.00
Grafton RSL Sub-Branch Grafton Page To install three memorial plaques in Memorial Park, Grafton to commemorate   Australian service personnel in recent conflicts $1,373.00
Coolah & District Historical Society Coolah Parkes To lay an access path and install a flagpole at the newly constructed Coolah War Memorial $2,149.00
Moree Plain Shire Council Moree Parkes Purchase 2 display cabinets to preserve and display War Memorabilia $2,544.00
Mother Teresa Primary Westmead Westmead Parramatta To install a flagpole at the school $1,384.00
Vacy Sportsground Management Committee - Dungog Shire Council Vacy Paterson To replace the concrete apron surrounding the Vacy Cenotaph $4,000.00
Pottsville Beach RSL Sub-Branch Pottsville Beach Richmond To replace the cenotaph at Anzac Park, Pottsville Beach $4,000.00
Bangalow RSL Sub-Branch Bangalow Richmond To install a new community war memorial in Bangalow $4,000.00
131 Locators Association Inc. Manly Warringah To install a commemorative paver on Memorial Walk Manly to mark 49 years since the arrival of the Battery's first detachment in Vietnam. $1,500.00
First Battalion Association Inc. Woollahra Wentworth To conserve and preserve the 1st Battalion 1914 - 1918 flags and colours $3,000.00
Total Grants - NSW - 52 Total $ 135,201.00
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Bungaree and District Historical Society Bungaree Ballarat To erect a flagpole at the site of the district's new memorial $663.00
Essendon Football Club Melbourne Airport Calwell To create eight honour boards to commemorate players who died in the First and Second World Wars $3,578.00
Essendon Football Club Melbourne Airport Calwell To create four honour boards, each with the names of players from a particular AFL club who died during active service in the First World War and Second World War $3,671.00
Crib Point Primary School Crib Point Flinders To restore the Great War 1914-1919 Roll of Honour Board and Book $2,238.00
Traralgon RSL Sub-Branch Traralgon Gippsland To restore the Traralgon cenotaph and install a plaque to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac $4,000.00
Traralgon RSL Sub-Branch Glengarry Gippsland To restore the Glengarry cenotaph and install a plaque to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac $1,475.00
Traralgon RSL Sub-Branch Rosedale Gippsland To restore the Rosedale cenotaph and install a plaque to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac $3,700.00
Mallacoota RSL Sub-Branch Mallacoota Gippsland To install a plaque on the Mallacoota Cenotaph to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac $3,850.00
Cockatoo Rise War Veterans Retreat Inc. Sarsfield Gippsland To establish a museum to house and display a large collection of Australian wartime uniforms $3,000.00
Melton Specialist School Melton Gorton To install a flagpole on the school grounds to fly the Australian national flag $455.00
Australian Commando Association Victoria Ashburton Higgins To publish a booklet entitled "Strike Swiftly - the next 20 years: 1995 to 2015" $3,000.00
Moyhu Action Group Inc. Moyhu Indi To install a First World War Memorial in Moyhu Lions Park $4,000.00
Thoona Memorial Hall Committee Thoona Indi To restore the memorial plaque at the Thoona Memorial Hall $500.00
4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room Watsonia Jaga Jaga To purchase a glass display cabinet to display a collection of bayonets at the Simpson Barracks $1,800.00
Upwey Belgrave RSL Sub-Branch Belgrave La Trobe To restore the First World War monument in Wattle Avenue, Belgrave $1,182.00
Sunbury Heights Primary School Sunbury McEwen To install a flag pole at the school to fly the Australian National Flag $1,500.00
Applewood Residents' Association Inc. Doncaster Menzies To install a flagpole on the grounds of Applewood Retirement Village to fly the Australian National Flag $1,367.00
Dennington Community Association Dennington Wannon To upgrade the Dennington First World War memorial $1,750.00
Noorat & District Residents Association Inc. Noorat Wannon To install a plaque on the new Noorat War Memorial $1,700.00
Total Grants - VIC - 19 Total $43,429.00
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Yandina / Eumundi RSL Sub-Branch Yandina Fairfax To restore the First World War Cenotaph at Yandina $3,636.00
Holland Park-Mt Gravatt RSL Sub-Branch Holland Park Griffith To install seven plaques on the Memorial Wall   in Holland Park $1,629.00
Booyal Memorial Hall Association Inc. Booyal Hinkler To restore the Booyal Returned Soldiers sign located in the local community hall $770.00
Burke Shire Council Burketown Kennedy To restore the Burke Shire Council Rolls of Honour $4,000.00
Herbert River RSL Sub-Branch Ingham Kennedy To install led lighting in a large display cabinet at the Herbert River RSL Sub-branch $1,174.00
Cook Shire Council Coen Leichhardt To install a new community war memorial at Coen Heritage House $3,636.00
Cook Shire Council Coen Leichhardt To install a flagpole at Coen Heritage House to fly the Australian National flag $660.00
Runaway Bay Village Residents Committee Runaway Bay Fadden To install a new commemorative stone in the memorial garden at Runaway Bay Retirement Community to commemorate all wars $4,000.00
Thallon Progress Association Thallon Maranoa To install an honour roll at the Thallon War Memorial to commemorate the service of local people during the First World War $2,167.00
Warwick RSL Sub-Branch Warwick Maranoa To publish a history of the Scots College Cadet Unit from 1921 to 2004. $2,216.00
Anglican Church Robina and Mermaid Beach Robina McPherson To install a plaque in the memorial garden at the church commemorating 100 years of Anzac $194.00
The 8th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Association Inc. Clontarf Petrie To create two RAR Association banners for members to march behind during commemorative ceremonies $1,386.00
Tin Can Bay RSL Sub-Branch Tin Can Bay Wide Bay Restore the memorial in Anzac Memorial Park $3,600.00
Australian War Animal Memorial Organization Inc. Mudgeeraba Wright To construct a memorial at the Mudgeeraba Light Horse Museum to commemorate all those who served in the Australian Army Veterinary Corps $4,000.00
Laidley RSL Sub-Branch Laidley Wright To install eight   plaques commemorating conflicts other than the First and Second World Wars on the Laidley Cenotaph $2,979.00
Total Grants - QLD - 15 Total $36,047.00
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
WRANS - RAN Women’s Association WA Baldivis Brand To produce a banner with the new RAN and WRAN crests for use at commemorative events $699.00
Serpentine Jarrahdale RSL Sub-Branch Byford Canning To hold an ANZAC Art Expo displaying works of art from school children in the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale $3,000.00
Willandra Primary School Armadale Canning To hold a Combined Schools Anzac Commemorative Choral Festival in Armadale Memorial Park on 22 April 2015 $3,000.00
Shire of Victoria Plains Calingiri Durack To install a plaque in the rose garden of the local war memorial to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landings and to honour those from the local community who served in the First World War $1,100.00
Mullewa Community Resource Centre Mullewa Durack To create a Fallen Soldiers Commemorative Walk in Mullewa $1,751.00
WA Performing Arts Eisteddfod Bunbury Forrest To produce a visual production of footage from the First World War to the Salute to the Anzacs Eisteddfod being held at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre during June 2015 $2,500.00
Gosnells RSL Sub-Branch Gosnells Hasluck To install a new plaque on the Gosnells Memorial $2,200.00
Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes Bridgetown O'Connor To install two Battle of the Somme commemorative plaques in the 'Somme Creek Parklands', Bridgetown $2,000.00
Australian Railway Historical Society (WA Division) Inc. Bassendean Perth To restore three Midland Railway Company of WA First World War honour boards $3,636.00
Lake Gwelup Primary School Gwelup Stirling To install a war memorial at Lake Gwelup Primary School $845.00
Osborne Park RSL Sub-Branch Osborne Park Stirling To restore the Osborne Park RSL Sub-branch War Memorial $4,000.00
Damla College Ferndale Swan To install a flagpole at the college to fly the Australian National Flag $980.00
Total Grants - WA - 12 Total $25,711.00
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
St George's Anglican Church Goodwood Goodwood Adelaide To restore the Goodwood War Shrine Memorial located in front of the church $3,500.00
Reconciliation SA Adelaide Adelaide To hold a travelling exhibition highlighting the service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from South Australia $2,727.00
Meningie RSL Sub-Branch Meningie Barker To install panels recognising the involvement of Australian service personnel in significant military conflicts at the RSL memorial garden. $4,000.00
Port Victoria RSL Sub-Branch Port Victoria Grey To install a new honour board at the Port Victoria RSL Hall $2,300.00
Bower Progress Association Inc. Bower Grey To construct a new war memorial in Bower, SA $4,000.00
Whyalla Family History Group Whyalla Norrie Grey To publish a book with a brief biography of the fifty Whyalla / Iron Knob residents who enlisted in the First World War $333.00
Friends of Glenthorne Inc. Sheidow Park Kingston To purchase four banners to be displayed at the open day showcasing the historical significance of Glenthorne No. 9 Remount Depot $556.00
Nairne RSL Sub-Branch Nairne Mayo To restore the Nairne war memorial $3,185.00
Hahndorf Community Association Inc. Hahndorf Mayo To re-gild the names and artwork on the Hahndorf War Memorial $3,810.00
The Hills Christian Community School Verdun Mayo To create an Anzac Grove adjacent to   the school in Verdun, SA $3,000.00
Clarendon Historic Hall Inc. Clarendon Mayo Install a memorial pedestal with plaque and reprinting of memorial book. $1,485.00
Mallala & Districts Historical Committee Mallala Wakefield To install plaques at the Mallala monument commemorating local soldiers who have died during conflicts $600.00
Freeling RSL Sub-Branch Freeling Wakefield To install a flagpole at Freeling Recreational Park to fly the Australian flag $1,500.00
Total Grants - SA - 13 Total $30,996.00
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Point of Women Inc. Clarence Point   Lyons To restore the Memorial Avenue at Clarence Point, Tasmania $4,000.00
National Trust of Australia (Tasmania), Franklin Village Heritage Committee Youngtown TAS Bass To install a plaque on a plinth at St James Church, Franklin Village, to commemorate local First World War soldiers, and publish a book acknowledging soldiers from the district whose names are listed on the First World War Honour Roll $3,630.00
Scotch Oakburn College Newstead Bass To install a permanent poppy and rosemary garden in the College to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac $1,846.00
Fingal RSL Sub-Branch Fingal Lyons Restore the Fingal War Memorial $4,000.00
Total Grants - TAS - 4 Total $13,476.00
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Returned Services League of Australia ACT Branch Campbell Fraser To update the plaque in the Victoria Cross Memorial Park to include the names of more recent recipients   $962.00
Total Grants - ACT - 1 Total $962.00


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