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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Minister for Defence Materiel

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Funding to honour Australia’s Vietnam veterans

More than $388,000 has been awarded to communities across Australia to honour Vietnam veterans under the Australian Government’s Vietnam War Commemorative Grants program, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Dan Tehan, announced today.

The Vietnam War Commemorative Grants program was established under the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Programme for 2015–16.

Mr Tehan said he was delighted that 79 community projects from around Australia would benefit from the funding.
“The program provides one-off funding of between $4,000 and $20,000 for community-based commemorative projects and activities that directly commemorate any aspect of the Vietnam War under the theme of ‘camaraderie’,” Mr Tehan said.

“Examples include commemorative marches and services, reunion functions, presentations to school children about the Vietnam conflict, family days, the production of commemorative books and displays of Vietnam War memorabilia, vehicles and equipment.

“These projects and activities are important to local communities and ensure we remember the sacrifice of those who served our nation in the Vietnam War from 1962 to 1972.

“In the Vietnam War, more than 3,000 Australians were wounded and 521 died, including 200 National Servicemen.
“In August this year, we will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of one of the most significant battles of the Vietnam War — the Battle of Long Tan.”

Mr Tehan said it was fitting the Government had provided funding to honour the contribution of our Vietnam veterans during Australia’s commemoration of the Anzac Centenary and a Century of Service.

“During the centenary, we honour everyone who has served our nation and all those who serve today,” Mr Tehan said.
“Those who served in the Vietnam War are a vital part of our history and a vital part of the Century of Service.

“I congratulate the grant recipients and thank them for honouring the service of our Vietnam veterans.”

For more information about accessing Saluting Their Service grants, visit www.dva.gov.au/grants or call 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.

Editor’s note: A list of grant recipients in each state is attached. All figures are GST excluded.

 

Media enquiries:
Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Saluting Their Service Vietnam War Commemorative Grants April 2016

New South Wales
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Vietnam Veterans Peacemakers & Peacekeepers Association of Australia (NSW) Branch Inc. Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia auspicing The 8th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Association Inc Epping Bennelong Hold a commemorative memorial service and host a remembrance dinner 716
Vietnam Veterans Peacemakers & Peacekeepers Association of Australia (NSW) Branch Inc Bankstown Blaxland Hold a 50th anniversary commemorative dinner of the Vietnam War in Bankstown, NSW 7,091
Rooty Hill RSL Sub-branch auspicing Rooty Hill and District Naval Association Rooty Hill Chifley Hold a memorial ceremony on 12 August 2016 followed by a dinner to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 5,130
Beenleigh RSL Sub-branch auspicing 87 Transport Platoon RAASC Association Coffs Harbour Cowper Host a reunion dinner for the 87 Transport Platoon in Coffs Harbour 2,453
Coffs Harbour RSL Sub-branch Coffs Harbour Cowper Hold a commemorative reunion dinner and conduct a tour of the Bowraville Military Museum 4,400
Greenbank RSL Sub-branch auspicing 1 Transport Platoon RAASC Vietnam 1966-67 Association Coffs Harbour Cowper Hold a 50 year reunion, meet and greet and a luncheon in April 2016 for the 1 Transport Platoon RAASC Vietnam 1966-67 Association 4,216
Nambucca Heads RSL Sub-branch Nambucca Heads Cowper Hold a commemorative service in recognition of Australian Servicemen and Women during the Vietnam conflict 10,810
South West Rocks Sub-branch South West Rocks Cowper Hold a memorial service at the local Cenotaph and dinner at the local Country Club 960
City of Albury RSL Sub-branch auspicing Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps (RAAOC) Vietnam Veterans Reunion 2016 Committee Albury Farrer Conduct a special Corps reunion with functions and activities in the Albury Wodonga area 11,545
City of Liverpool RSLA Sub-branch Linerpool Hughes Hold a breakfast for Vietnam Veterans and partners at the John Edmondson VC Memorial Club in Liverpool 1,818
Cowra RSL Sub-branch Cowra Hume Hold a commemorative service unveiling followed by a dinner at the Cowra Services Club 3,176
Muswellbrook RSL Sub-branch Muswellbrook Hunter Hold a Memorial Service and commemorative dinner with Vietnam veterans from the Upper Hunter region 2,373
Port Macquarie RSL Sub-branch Port Macquarie Lyne Hold a commemorative service on 18 August 2016 at the Cenotaph located on the Town Green Port Macquarie 2,613
Vietnam Veterans Peacekeepers & Peacemakers Association (NSW Branch) Inc - Hastings Manning Macleay Sub-branch Port Macquarie Lyne Conduct presentations to school children in the Hastings region on the Vietnam conflict and Australia's involvement in the Battle of Long Tan 10,284
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Macarthur Sub-branch Campbelltown Macarthur Hold a commemorative dinner, remembrance service and post service function 4,440
Springwood RSL Sub-branch Springwood Macquarie Hold a commemorative parade, a service and social function for community members, service and ex-service members 7,544
Newcastle and Hunter Region Vietnam Veterans Inc. Wallsend Newcastle Hold a commemorative dinner on 20 August 2016 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 1,818
Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Association Grafton Page Hold a remembrance ceremony and memorial dinner at the Grafton District Services Club and distribute a book on the Battle of Long Tan to all schools in the area 4,085
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Far North Coast Sub-branch (NSW) Inc Lismore Page Hold a Vietnam Veterans Day at Lismore on Saturday 13 August 2016 including a march and memorial service to be followed by a commemorative dinner 4,748
Dandenong Cranbourne RSL Sub-branch auspicing 108 Field Battery RAA (SVN) Association Forster Paterson Hold a reunion for the 108 Field Battery RAA Vietnam Veterans 3,818
Nelson Bay RSL Sub-branch Nelson Bay Paterson Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan and to recognise the service of all members of the Australian Defence Force and civilians who served in the Republic of South Vietnam from 1962 until 1973 2,682
Murwillumbah RSL Sub-branch Murwillumbah Richmond Hold a commemorative service at the local war memorial followed by a meet and greet dinner and function 3,400
Tweed Heads and Coolangatta RSL Sub-branch Tweed Heads South Richmond Hold a service and memorial function at the South Tweed Sports Club, Tweed Heads South 4,618
South West Slopes Vietnam Veterans NSW Inc Junee Riverina Hold a march, memorial service and lunch to commemorate the involvement of veterans in the Vietnam War 4,052
Vietnam Veterans Peacekeepers & Peacemakers Association Australia Inc
Central Coast Sub-branch
Ettalong Beach Robertson Hold a 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan Commemoration Service and Dinner on 13 August 2016 4,679
War Widows Guild of Australia NSW Ltd Sydney Sydney Hold a Vietnam War commemorative service on 8 September 2016 on the lawns at the Anzac War Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney for the War Widows' Guild of Australia in partnership with the Partners of Veterans Australia 10,738
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Illawarra Sub-branch Dapto Throsby Hold a commemorative dinner at Dapto Leagues Club on Saturday 13 August 2016, followed by a commemorative service at Wollongong on Sunday 14 August 2016 3,727
Vietnam Veterans' Peacekeepers & Peacemakers Association of Australia (NSW Branch) Southern Highlands Sub-branch Mittagong Throsby Hold a dinner dance to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1st Task Force arriving in Vietnam 2,727
North Bondi RSL Sub-branch North Bondi Wentworth Hold a 50th anniversary Battle of Long Tan commemorative service and luncheon at North Bondi, NSW 4,007
Ingleburn RSL Sub-branch Ingleburn Werriwa Hold a commemorative dinner, remembrance service and post service function 3,350
Total Grants - NSW - 30 Total $138, 558
Victoria
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Mount Evelyn RSL Sub-branch Moount Evelyn Casey Produce a book 'Vietnam Veterans of the Valley' 10,000
Foster RSL Sub-branch Newhaven Flinders Hold an event at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum for veterans and secondary school students and hold a luncheon at the Phillip Island RSL Club to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 1,790
Sale RSL and Community Sub-branch Sale Gippsland Conduct a commemorative service and hold a luncheon on 20 August 2016 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 1,529
Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub-branch of VVAA Greensborough Jagajaga Hold a variety of events, including a memorial service and function, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War 7,245
Seven Hills - Toongabbie - Wentworthville RSL Sub-branch auspicing Ordnance Field Park Vietnam Association Seymour McEwen Hold a 50th anniversary reunion weekend for the Ordnance Field Park Vietnam Association 3,673
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Inc. Victoria Branch Mitchell Sub-branch Seymour McEwen Hold a remembrance service and civic reception in Seymour, VIC to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War 5,900
Hellenic RSL Sub-branch auspicing B Company, 3RAR ex Vietnam 1967-68 Melbourne Melbourne Hold a comradeship tour in Melbourne from 26 to 29 February 2016 for B Company, 3RAR Ex Vietnam 1967-68 veterans 4,000
Sale RSL and Community Sub-branch Melbourne Melbourne Hire a bus to transport veterans from the Gippsland region to Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance for a commemorative service 1,545
Goulburn Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub-branch Terang Wannon Hold a memorial service at the unveiling of two Vietnam War commemorative plaques at the Terang RSL Memorial Garden on 20 August 2016 1,500
Total Grants - Vic - 10 Total $40,182

 

Queensland
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Lowood RSL Sub-branch Lowood Blair Hold an exhibition of Vietnam War memorabilia, a memorial service and a dinner on 18 August 2016 at Lowood 2,100
Redlands RSL Sub-branch Inc Cleveland Bowman Hold a commemorative service and luncheon on 18 August 2016 for the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 2,019
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Queensland Branch Inc. Brisbane Brisbane Hold a commemorative service on 18 August 2016 at Anzac Square, Brisbane, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 8,459
Vietnam Veterans' Peacekeepers & Peacemakers Association of Australia (NSW Branch Inc.) auspicing 131 Locators Association Inc. Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia Inc. Brisbane Brisbane Hold an official commemorative dinner for the 131 Divisional Locating Battery Detachment Veterans 7,825
Capricornia and Rockhampton Region RSL Sub-branch auspicing 2RAR B Company Vietnam 67-68 Cawarral Capricornia Hold a commemorative service followed by a lunch at the Cockscomb Vietnam Veterans Retreat on 18 August 2016 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 2,505
Beenleigh & District RSL Sub-branch Mount Warren Park Forde Hold a Memorial Service and family day on 13 August 2016 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 2,142
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Townsville Sub-branch Kirwan Herbert Hold a display of Vietnam War memorabilia, vehicles and equipment at the Riverway Arts Centre, Kirwan, from 15 to 17 August 2016 15,553
Toogoom and District RSL Sub-branch Toogoom Hinkler Hold a memorial service on 18 August 2016 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan followed by a luncheon for 200 people 1,818
Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia QLD Branch Hervey Bay Sub-branch Pialba Hinkler Hold a commemorative service at the Cenotaph located in Freedom Park, Pialba and a Veterans and Long Tan luncheon at the Hervey Bay RSL 4,302
Mt Molloy RSL Sub-branch Mt Molloy Kennedy Hold a memorial service at Mt Molloy Memorial Hall 2,070
Bribie Island RSL Sub-branch Inc. auspicing 'Operation Bribie' Memorial Service & Reunion Bribie Island Longman Hold a 50th anniversary reunion on 16 February 2017 to commemorate 'Operation Bribie' 4,409
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Bribie Island and District Sub-branch Inc Bribie Island Longman Hold a street march, a commemorative service and dinner for Vietnam veterans, their partners and special guests at the Bribie Island RSL Club 3,705
Warwick RSL Sub-branch Warwick Maranoa Hold a commemorative service and a reunion luncheon at the Warwick RSL Services and Citizens Memorial Club 4,510
Currumbin Palm Beach RSL & Services Memorial Club Inc Currumbin McPherson Create a Pop Up Museum in Currumbin to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 3.626
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Gold Coast Sub-branch Nerang Moncrieff Hold a memorial service in Nerang followed by a luncheon 6,510
Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia Queensland Branch Inc. Nerang Moncrieff Hold an open day at the VVFA Queensland Office in Nerang, QLD to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 2,703
Greenbank RSL Sub-branch Hillcrest Rankin Hold a formal luncheon on 8 June 2016 to commemorate Vietnam and the Battle of Coral 2,948
Cooroy Pomona RSL Sub-branch Cooroy Wide Bay Hold a commemorative service and luncheon on 21 August 2016 for the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 8,447
Vietnam Veterans Federation (Veterans Support Group) Inc. Lockyer/Brisbane Valley Outreach Centre Laidley Wright Hold a commemorative service at the Laidley Cenotaph followed by a commemorative dinner for Vietnam veterans and invited guests 2,489
Total Grants - Qld - 19 Total $88,140

 

Western Australia
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
City of Mandurah RSL Sub-branch Mandura Canning Conduct a formal parade and dedication service at Mandurah War Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 15,177
Greenbank RSL Sub-branch auspicing 8 Petroleum Platoon RAASC South Vietnam 1966 - 1972 Pinjara Canning Hold a reunion weekend in Pinjarra, WA for 8 Petroleum Platoon RAASC South Vietnam 1966-1972 veterans 1,615
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Western Australian State Branch Mount Hawthorn Curtin Hold a memorial service and veterans' family function in Perth to commemorate the Vietnam War 3,973
City of Cockburn RSL Sub-branch Hamilton Hill Fremantle Hold a commemorative service followed by a dinner to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 2,295
Ocean Reef RSL Sub-branch Ocean Reef Moore Hold a commemorative service on 18 August 2016 4,870
The Returned & Services League of Australia WA Branch Inc auspicing Albany RSL Sub-branch Albany O'Connor Hold a commemorative and memorial service, parade and barbeque in Albany, WA to commemorate Vietnam Veterans' Day and the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 10,034
Partners of Veterans Association Western Australia Inc Perth Perth Hold a service to commemorate the Vietnam War followed by a reception in Perth, WA 4,091
North Beach RSL Sub-branch North Beach Stirling Hold a commemorative service including a march in North Beach, WA followed by a morning tea to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 13,724
Total Grants - WA - 8 Total $55,759

 

South Australia
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Riverland Vietnam Veterans Berri Barker Hold a reunion weekend in 2017 for B Company 2RAR veterans, including a march, service and dinner in Berri, SA 6,910
Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia SA Branch Warradale Boothby Hold a memorial service to commemorate the Battles for Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral in Warradale, SA 5,030
Crystal Brook RSL Sub-branch Crystal Brook Grey Install a series of paintings at the RSL depicting military involvement in the Vietnam War 5,000
RSL SA Branch Redwood Park Makin Produce a publication called 'Tour of Duty 1970/1971' about the 4 Platoon, B Company, 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment 10,262
Total Grants - SA - 4 Total $27,202

 

Tasmania
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
George Town RSL Sub-branchs George Town Bass Hold a 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan march followed by a luncheon in George Town, TAS 2,373
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Burnie & Districts Sub-branch Burnie Braddon Hold a 50th anniversary of Long Tan commemorative dinner in Burnie, TAS 3,810
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Mersey-Leven Sub-branch Inc Devonport Braddon Hold a 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan regional service and lunch in Devonport, TAS 4,490
Wynyard RSL Sub-branch Inc Wynward Braddon Hold a commemorative service followed by a morning tea to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War in Wynyard, TAS 1,445
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Greater Hobart Branch Hobart Denison Hold a service to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan at the Hobart Cenotaph followed by a luncheon at Claremont RSL 2,645
Total Grants - Tas - 5 Total $14,773

 

Australian Capital Territory
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Coffs Harbour RSL Sub-branch auspicing 2nd Field Ambulance Past Members Association Braddon Fraser Hold a 50th Anniversary of participation in the Vietnam War commemorative service and reunion in Canberra 3,330
Wingham RSL Sub-branch Campbell Fraser Conduct a bus trip from Wingham to Canberra to participate in the 50 years commemoration of the Vietnam War at the Australian War Memorial on 18 August 2016 2,980
Total Grants - ACT - 2 Total $6,310

 

Northern Territory
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
VVAA NT Rural Sub-branch Adelaide River Lingiari Hold a 50th Anniversary of participation in the Vietnam War commemorative service and reunion in Canberra 3,330
Total Grants - NT - 1 Total $3,330

 

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