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The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Human Services
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

9 December 2015

Major commemorative grants support local projects

Seven projects commemorating Australia’s wartime heritage have been awarded a total of more than $355,000 under the Saluting Their Service program, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, announced today.

“The Saluting Their Service program is designed to involve people nationwide in projects and activities that directly commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australians in all wars, conflicts and peace operations,” Mr Robert said.

“The funding, awarded under the Major Commemorative Grants category of the program, supports organisations undertaking activities that recognise the roles played by Australia’s servicemen and women in shaping the nation.”

Seven grants were awarded across four states and the ACT. The largest grant of $186,364 went to the Canberra-based University of NSW School of Humanities & Social Sciences to create Phase 2 of its 'Australia's Vietnam War' website.

NSW received a combined total of more than $100,000 for two grants—one to create a virtual war memorial about the Anzacs of Greece and Crete, the other to construct a memorial dedicated to Australian Commandos.

The diverse range of projects funded also included the recording of a symphonic work, an Indigenous community research project, a cultural exhibition, and construction of a memorial park.

“I commend the individuals involved in these projects for their work to ensure that the legacy of those who have served our nation lives on for future generations,” Mr Robert said.

A list of the projects awarded funding in this round of grants is attached.

For more information about the Saluting Their Service program, contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Commemorative Grants team on 1800 026 185 or email commemorativegrants@dva.gov.au.

Media enquiries:
Richard Briedis (Minister Robert): 0477 391 174
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Saluting Their Service Major Commemorative Grants November 2015

New South Wales
Recipient Location Funding description Amount $
Joint Committee for the Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Battle of Crete & The Greek Campaign Pyrmont To create a virtual war memorial and website about the Anzacs of Greece and Crete $14,000
Australian Commando War Memorial Trust Liverpool Military Area To construct a memorial in Holsworthy Barracks dedicated to Australian Commandos $90,000
Total Grants - NSW: 2 Total $104,000
Victoria
Recipient Location Funding description Amount $
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Geelong & District Sub-branch North Geelong To create a Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Park at the site of the existing Vietnam Memorial in Osborne Park, Geelong $7,000
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Victorian Branch Melbourne To record and distribute 'Echoes of Conflict' – a symphonic work by Vietnam Veteran and composer Lachlan Wilson $24,449
Total Grants - VIC: 2 Total $31,449
Queensland
Recipient Location Funding description Amount $
Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council Yarrabah To research and report the First World War enlistment, service, contribution and effect on the community of Yarrabah $30,450
Total Grants - QLD: 1 Total $30,450
South Australia
Recipient Location Funding description Amount $
Alliance Francaise d'Adelaide Adelaide To hold exhibitions entitled 'On Flanders Field Poppy Trail' in the Adelaide cultural precinct $3,360
Total Grants - SA: 1 Total $3,360
Australian Capital Territory
Recipient Location Funding description Amount $
The University of NSW, Canberra (School of Humanities & Social Sciences) Canberra To create Phase 2 of the website 'Australia's Vietnam War' $186,364
Total Grants - ACT: 1 Total $186,364

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