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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

30 April 2016

Commemorative Grants Fund Local Community Projects

More than $220,000 in grants have been awarded to 88 community projects that honour Australia's wartime history, the Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Dan Tehan, announced today.

Some of the projects include planting a First World War memorial garden at a public school, the production of an educational short film featuring veterans and the preservation of two 25 pounder field guns as part of Second World War Memorial Gates.

Mr Tehan said the variety of projects that had received funding as part of the Australian Government's Saluting Their Service grants program demonstrated the depth of gratitude people had for our veterans.

"It's important we honour the sacrifice of Australia's servicemen and women, and these grants allow communities to express their feelings in ways that are special to them," Mr Tehan said.

"These projects will bring communities together in a spirit of commemoration as well as help educate future generations about Australia's wartime history."

Up to $4,000 is provided to individual projects under the Community Commemorative Grants category of the program.

A list of grant recipients in each state is attached. All figures are GST free.

For more information about the Saluting Their Service program, contact the Department of Veterans' Affairs' Commemorative Grants team on 1800 026 185 or email

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

Saluting their service community commemorative grants April 2016

Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
The 8th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Association Incorporated CAMPBELL Canberra Hold a 50th anniversary reunion in Canberra for the 8th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment 545
Total Grants - ACT - 1 Total $545
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Padstow Park Public School PADSTOW Banks Install a First World War memorial garden at Padstow Park Public School to commemorate soldiers from the Padstow area 2,444
Bedgerabong War Memorial Union Church BEDGERABONG Calare Construct a war memorial at Bedgerabong Church, NSW 4,000
Macksville RSL Sub-branch MACKSVILLE Cowper Upgrade the Macksville War Memorial system 2,727
Bunker Cartoon Gallery Incorporated COFFS HARBOUR Cowper Install interpretive signage at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery in Coffs Harbour to highlight the role of the bunker in the Second World War 3,000
Glengara Retirement Village TUMBI UMBI Dobell Install a new war memorial at Glengara Retirement Village to commemorate all those who served their country 3,544
Cowra RSL Sub-branch COWRA Hume Install a plaque on the Cowra Cenotaph commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 485
Australian Legion of Ex Servicemen & Women COOTAMUNDRA Hume Install a plaque at the Cootamundra War Memorial to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women 699
Cessnock RSL Sub-branch ABERDARE Hunter Construct a replica Long Tan Cross at Veterans Memorial Park, Aberdare, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 4,000
Kurri Kurri RSL Sub-branch KURRI KURRI Hunter Install a Vietnam War Roll of Honour at the Kurri Kurri Workers Club 3,555
Maitland Vietnam Veterans and Services Legion MAITLAND Hunter Hold a commemorative event for the Centenary of Service for 2 Squadron RAAF in Maitland, NSW 2,600
Maitland Vietnam Veterans & Services Legion MAITLAND Hunter Hold a commemoration ball for the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 2,600
Penrith Anglican College ORCHARD HILLS Lindsay Build a memorial and cenotaph on the school grounds to be used for significant school chapels such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day commemorations 2,727
Killabakh Public Hall Trust KILLABAKH Lyne Install a new marble tablet on the Killabakh War Memorial commemorating the Centenary of Anzac 685
Rollands Plains Recreation Reserve Trust ROLLANDS PLAINS Lyne Install a cenotaph and flagpole in Rollands Plains which would be the focus of community commemorations 4,000
No 5 Airfield Construction Squadron RAAF Association New South Wales Branch RAAF RICHMOND Macquarie Install a plaque representing the No 5ACS "The Flying Shovels" RAAF mobile Works / Airfield Construction Squadron at the RAAF Base Richmond 2,196
12/16 Hunter River Lancers & 24th Light Horse Regiments Association TAMWORTH New England Upgrade the Australian Light Horse Memorial in Tamworth by installing three new plaques 3,769
North Sydney RSL Sub-branch NORTHBRIDGE North Sydney Restore the Northbridge War Memorial 4,000
Ballina RSL Sub-branch BALLINA Page Install a new memorial in Ballina to commemorate the servicemen and women from the Vietnam War 3,636
Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Association GRAFTON Page Hold a Commemorative Dinner for the 50th Anniversary of the first infantry battalion committed to the Vietnam War 1,097
Nymagee Progress Association NYMAGEE Parkes Restore the Nymagee Honour Board 3,000
RSL NSW Branch BYRON BAY Richmond Restore and upgrade the Byron Bay Memorial Gates 3,636
Art Studios Co-operative Ltd NORTH GOSFORD Robertson Showcase a multi-disciplinary exhibition of poetry and visual arts called 'Australian Spirit' a diverse cultural community honouring returned servicemen and women on the Central Coast of NSW 3,000
Doyalson - Wyee RSL Sub-branch DOYALSON Shortland Hold a 50th anniversary Battle of Long Tan commemorative service in Doyalson, NSW 2,327
Tingira Australia Association SYDNEY Sydney Hold the first reunion of "Tingira" Junior Recruits entitled "Blessing of the Bouys" in Hyde Park, Sydney 3,000
The Joint Committee for the Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign SYDNEY Sydney Hold a service to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Anzac campaign in Greece and Crete 3,000
Sydney Harbour Federation Trust MOSMAN Warringah Restore and display a 3-inch High Angle Naval Gun in Mosman, NSW 2,770
Total Grants - NSW – 26 Total $72,497
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
East Arnhem Regional Council MILINGIMBI Lingiari Construct a new Memorial Wall in Milingimbi, NT to commemorate RAAF soldiers and Yolngu people from Milingimbi who fought during the Second World War 3,636
Casuarina Senior College CASUARINA Solomon Hold a Vietnam War Commemorative week and Service at Casuarina Senior College 941
Total Grants - NT - 2 Total $4,577
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Esk RSL Sub-branch ESK Blair Construct a Vietnam War Memorial at the Esk RSL Sub-branch to commemorate all Vietnam Veterans 2,798
Naval Association of Australia Queensland Section Inc NEW FARM Brisbane Restore the HMAS Moreton Commemorative Monument in New Farm, QLD 1,557
RTFV / 35 Squadron Association ARANA HILLS Dickson Purchase and distribute to schools, libraries museums and RSL clubs a copy of the DVD entitled 'Untold Stories of the RAAF Caribou' 2,915
Djuan & District RSL Sub-branch DJUAN Groom Restore the Djuan Memorial stone base to provide safe access 3,327
Townsville RSL Sub-branch TOWNSVILLE Herbert Install a plinth with a plaque in Anzac Park, Townsville for Naval commemorations 1,818
3 Combat Signal Regiment Unit History Room LAVARACK BARRACKS Herbert Purchase cabinets to display memorabilia at the 3 Combat Signal Regiment History Rooms at Lavarack Barracks, QLD 2,730
McKinlay Shire Council MCKINLAY Kennedy Upgrade the surrounds of the McKinlay Cenotaph 3,636
Tinaroo Environmental Education Centre TINAROO Kennedy Install interpretive signage at Tinaroo Environmental Education Centre about soldiers of the 2nd AIF who were camped there during the Second World War 3,636
Veterans Support and Advocacy Service Warwick Branch MARYVALE Maranoa Replace the damaged plaque on the Community Memorial, Maryvale Park 1,487
Currumbin Palm Beach RSL Sub-branch CURRUMBIN McPherson Restore the bronze memorial statue of 'The Lone Soldier' located within the Cenotaph area of Currumbin RSL 2,200
Currumbin Palm Beach RSL and Services Memorial Club CURRUMBIN McPherson Produce a short film featuring war veterans as an educational tool and to assist in the promotion of 'Soldier On' 2,727
Ordnance Field Park Vietnam Association FERNY GROVE Ryan Publish a commemorative booklet as part of the Ordnance Field Park Vietnam Association's 50th anniversary reunion 3,000
Maryborough RSL Sub-branch MARYBOROUGH Wide Bay Hold an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the launching of HMAS Maryborough 791
Logan Village RSL Sub-branch LOGAN VILLAGE Wright Construct a memorial wall at the Logan Village RSL to honour the men and women who have served our country 3,636
Total Grants - QLD - 14 Total $36,258
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters NORWOOD Adelaide Restore the First World War Howitzer Krupp cannon displayed at the Norwood War Memorial 3,636
North Road Cemetery NAILSWORTH Adelaide Publish a book containing research conducted into all known servicemen & women who are buried and/or commemorated at the North Road Cemetery 2,393
Truro and District Community Association TRURO Barker Install a new war memorial in Pioneer Park to commemorate Truro's fallen soldiers 4,000
622 Squadron Australian Air Force Cadets MURRAY BRIDGE Barker Install an honour board in the Main Drill Hall commemorating 622 Sqn AAFC and 622 Sqn RAF members who died during the Second World War 350
Mantung Institute Inc MANTUNG Barker Purchase a bookcase to display wartime memorabilia in Mantung Hall and create an Avenue of Honour in Mantung to commemorate local First World War and Second World War servicemen and women 3,636
Mannum RSL Sub-branch MANNUM Barker Install a flagpole in the memorial garden at the RSL Club 885
Mannum RSL Sub-branch MANNUM Barker Replace the existing flagpole at the monument in Mannum, SA 885
Henley & Grange RSL Sub-branch HENLEY BEACH Hindmarsh Purchase and install cabinets for the display of memorabilia at the Henley and Grange RSL 2,273
Macclesfield RSL Sub-branch MACCLESFIELD Mayo Construct a memorial in Macclesfield, SA as a dedicated commemorative site for the Vietnam conflict 4,000
Lions Club of Nairne & Districts NAIRNE Mayo Install a flagpole at Bill Joyce Park in Nairne to fly the Australian National Flag 1,500
Mount Carmel College ROSEWATER Port Adelaide Restore the Mount Carmel College First World War Honour Board 1,800
Total Grants - SA – 11 Total $25,358
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
George Town RSL Sub-branch GEORGE TOWN Bass Restore two Bofor Guns at Max Harris Memorial Reserve in George Town, TAS 3,636
Channel Uniting Church Congregation WOODBRIDGE Franklin Install a permanent Roll of Honour in the Channel Uniting Church in Woodbridge, TAS commemorating 34 members from the Channel area who enlisted during the First World War 1,046
Snug Primary School SNUG Franklin Modify the area surrounding the Snug Primary School's war memorial by extending the safety fence to fully enclose the memorial 2,490
Meander Valley Council DELORAINE Lyons Install a plaque in Deloraine, TAS, commemorating the Centenary of Anzac 900
Total Grants - TAS - 4 Total $8,072
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Ballarat Ranger Military Museum BALLARAT Ballarat Display memorabilia at the Ballarat Ranger Military Museum to commemorate the Centenary of the Battle of Fromelles 1,286
Innovative Care Ltd BALLARAT Ballarat Install a flagpole at Ballarat Community Age Care Facility to fly the Australian National Flag 1,241
Axedale Our Town Our Future AXEDALE Bendigo Construct an Anzac Memorial in Axedale, VIC 4,000
Anglesea RSL Sub-branch ANGLESEA Corangamite Refurbish the memorial garden at Anglesea RSL 805
Western Port Oberon Association Victorian Maritime Centre HASTINGS Flinders Purchase and install a glass cabinet to display memorabilia at the Victorian Maritime Centre in Hastings, VIC 3,000
Morwell Historical Society Inc MORWELL Gippsland Install a Morwell District Boer War honour board at the Morwell Historical Society Building 3,520
Morwell RSL Sub-branch MORWELL Gippsland Install a plaque, stone and memorial garden in the Hazelwood Cemetery to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 3,636
Sale RSL and Community Club Sub-branch SALE Gippsland Create a memorial garden at the Sale RSL to commemorate those who have served in Australia's armed forces 3,636
Melbourne Writers' Theatre PRAHRAN Higgins Create a musical theatre production "The White Mouse" in Melbourne in 2016 inspired by the contribution of Nancy Wake in the Second World War 3,000
Benalla RSL Sub-branch BENALLA Indi Create a Vietnam War honour board commemorating former students of Benalla College 750
Gembrook RSL Sub-branch GEMBROOK La Trobe Restore and upgrade the surrounds of the Gembrook Cenotaph to Remembrance Park to improve the safety aspect 4,000
Dandenong Ranges RSL Sub-branch SASSAFRAS La Trobe Purchase five cabinets for the display of wartime and military memorabilia at the Dandenong Ranges RSL 3,000
St Joseph's College Mildura MILDURA Mallee Upgrade and update a memorial at the St Joseph's College Mildura dedicated to past students who attended wars, conflicts and peace operations 2,450
Horsham RSL Sub-branch HORSHAM Mallee Purchase a full size metal statue of 'Simpson and his Donkey' for display at the Horsham RSL 2,000
Gisborne Macedon Ranges RSL Sub-branch GISBORNE McEwen Restore the Gisborne Cenotaph and install three plaques to the steps of the Cenotaph commemorating the First World War 3,945
Arthurs Creek Mechanics Institute Inc ARTHURS CREEK McEwen Create a commemorative garden at the Arthurs Creek Hall to honour First World War veterans 4,000
Aberfeldy Public Cemetery Trust ABERFELDY McMillan Install an interpretive sign in the tribute garden at the Aberfeldy Cemetery 688
Holy Spirit Catholic Community School RINGWOOD NORTH Menzies Create a memorial garden at the School to commemorate the Anzac Centenary and to hold commemorative services 2,727
Violet Town RSL Sub-branch VIOLET TOWN Murray Preserve two 25 pounder field guns as part of the Second World War Memorial Gates in Violet Town, VIC 3,636
Katandra West Recreation Reserve Committee of Management Inc KATANDRA WEST Murray Relocate the existing war memorial from a vacant grassed area to a memorial garden and install a flagpole 3,636
3rd Cavalry Regiment (Vietnam) Association TONGALA Murray Hold an event in Tongala, VIC to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Cavalry into Vietnam 2,728
Cohuna / Leitchville RSL Sub-branch GUNBOWER Murray Purchase and install a flagpole in the memorial sector of Gunbower Primary School 372
Terang RSL Sub-branch TERANG Wannon Install Vietnam War memorial plaques in the Terang RSL memorial garden 1,858
Total Grants - VIC - 23 Total $59,914
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Naval Association of Australia Perth North Sub-section WANNEROO Cowan Install a plaque to commemorate the service of Royal Australian Navy ships in the Vietnam War and hold an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan in Wanneroo 2,720
Lions Club of Balingup Inc BALINGUP Forrest Install a flagpole to fly the Australian National flag at the Avenue of Honour in Balingup, WA 916
Pingelly Community Resource Centre Inc PINGELLY O’Connor Purchase bronze commemorative plaques to upgrade the existing Pingelly War Memorial Pingelly Memorial walk dedicated to local servicemen and women 3,636
Manjimup RSL Sub-branch MANJIMUP O’Connor Display an Armoured Personnel Carrier at the Manjimup RSL Sub-branch premises in Western Australia 3,636
Mt Lawley-Inglewood RSL Sub-branch MT LAWLEY Perth Restore the Mt Lawley Cenotaph 4,000
Naval Association of Australia (WA Section) Inc STIRLING Stirling Install a plaque to commemorate the service of Royal Australian Navy ships in the Vietnam War and to hold an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan in Stirling, WA 2,740
North Beach RSL Sub-branch NORTH BEACH Stirling Install a plaque in Charles Riley Memorial Reserve to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 3,630
Total Grants - WA - 7 Total $21,278


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