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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
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21 December 2016

Commemorative grants fund 66 local community projects

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced more than $160,000 had been awarded to 66 community projects honouring Australia’s wartime history.

Mr Tehan said the projects, funded under the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service grants program, played an important role in community commemorations.

“It’s vital we ensure that the contribution of all those who have served our nation, and continue to do so, will be remembered and appropriately honoured,” Mr Tehan said.

“These grants enable communities across the nation to build and preserve memorials and undertake community awareness and education activities to help educate younger generations about Australia’s wartime history.”

Under the Community Commemorative Grants category of the program, up to $4,000 is provided for an individual project.

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

Media enquiries:

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



Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Military Historical Society of Australia Federal Council EVATT Fenner Towards the publication of a series of articles from the Military Historical Society journal Sabretache into a single volume to commemorate the Western Front centenary 2,837
Total Grants - ACT – 1 Total $2,837
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
The 7th Australian Division AIF Association BASS HILL Blaxland Install a Remembrance Wall at Remembrance Driveway, Bass Hill 4,000
The 7th Australian Division AIF Association BASS HILL Blaxland Hold a 70th anniversary commemorative event for the Borneo Campaign and War's End in Bass Hill, NSW 2,385
MacKillop College Bathurst BATHURST Calare Print a booklet associated with the school's research for the 2016 Tour of the Western Front 1,264
Austinmer / Thirroul RSL Sub-branch THIRROUL Cunningham Restore the Second World War Memorial Wall at the Thirroul War Memorial 4,000
7th Light Horse Bemboka Troop MERIMBULA Eden-Monaro Hold a dinner at the Merimbula RSL to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 799
2 TPT Platoon Reunion Committee ALBURY Farrer Hold a 50th anniversary reunion for 2TPT Platoon in Albury, NSW 1,186
Macquarie Shores Swimming Club TORONTO Hunter Purchase and install a flagpole at the Toronto Swim Centre to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration 1,500
Karuah RSL Sub-branch KARUAH Lyne Install six new plaques on the Karuah War Memorial to recognise recent conflicts 3,585
Gloucester RSL Sub-branch GLOUCESTER Lyne Supply and install one flagpole at the Memorial Clock Tower in Gloucester 1,364
Manning Valley Respite Care Services Inc TAREE Lyne Install a flagpole at About Inclusion's premises in Taree to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration 773
Australian Society of World War 1 Aero Historians Inc RICHMOND Macquarie Install a plaque on the RAAF Memorial in Richmond 1,584
Liverpool Plains Shire Council QUIRINDI New England Hold the inaugural Quirindi Military Tattoo to commemorate the contribution of musicians to military service across all conflicts 2,727
Murrurundi & District Historical Society Inc MURRURUNDI New England Hold a Vietnam War exhibition in Murrurundi 3,798
Iluka History Group Inc ILUKA Page Install a plaque in Iluka commemorating HMAS Waree 649
South Grafton RSL Sub-branch GRAFTON Page Relocate the South Grafton Cenotaph 4,000
Ulmarra RSL Sub-branch ULMARRA Page Install three new plaques on the Ulmarra Cenotaph commemorating Australian service in Afghanistan, Iraq and East Timor 723
Tanilba Bay Public School TANILBA BAY Paterson Install a memorial garden and plaque at the school commemorating 100 years since the First World War 2,727
Kingscliff RSL Sub-branch KINGSCLIFF Richmond Install two plaques commemorating the Vietnam War and Legacy on the Kingscliff Memorial Walkway 906
Murwillumbah RSL Sub-branch UKI Richmond Refurbish the Roll of Honour on the Uki War Memorial 2,900
Mannering Park Tidy Towns Group Inc MANNERING PARK Shortland Install plaques on the new Mannering Park Community War Memorial commemorating those from the district who served their country in all wars 3,584
Battle of the Java & Coral Sea Commemoration Committee SYDNEY Sydney Hold a 75th anniversary commemorative service for the Battle of Java and Coral Sea at Martin Place, Sydney 2,485
Joint Committee for the Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Battle of Crete & the Greek Campaign PYRMONT Sydney Print 4,000 copies of 'The Greek-Australian Alliance' Commemorative Booklet for distribution to schools, libraries and community organisations to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Greece and Crete 3,000
Total Grants - NSW – 22 Total $49,939
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Coppabella State School COPPABELLA Capricornia Install an Anzac Community Memorial at Coppabella State School 3,636
Yandina / Eumundi RSL Sub-branch YANDINA Fairfax Restore the 2/14th Battalion Memorial Garden in Yandina 3,636
Toowoomba Fire Brigade Historical Society Incorporated HIGHFIELDS Groom Install a memorial plaque at Highfields Pioneer Village commemorating firefighters who served in all wars 242
Vale View State School VALE VIEW Groom Install a memorial at the Vale View State School to commemorate past students who served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations 3,636
Mornington Shire Council GUNUNA Kennedy Create a memorial area in Gununa to recognise those who have fallen 2,727
Pandanus Park War Veterans Retreat Incorporated LAKEFIELD Leichhardt Restore the War Memorial at Pandanus Park War Veterans Retreat 4,000
Nanango RSL Sub-branch NANANGO Maranoa Purchase and install cabinets in the Nanango Memorial Club for the display of memorabilia 2,496
Care Goondiwindi Association Inc GOONDIWINDI Maranoa Publish a book to commemorate local Second World War veterans 2,727
Gaythorne RSL Sub-branch MITCHELTON Ryan Inscribe VC recipients' names on the Community War Memorial in Mitchelton 3,636
Gaythorne RSL Sub-branch MITCHELTON Ryan Hold a Battle of Long Tan 50th anniversary commemorative event 2,483
Forest Hill Community Development Association Inc FOREST HILL Wright Restore the Forest Hill War Memorial in Anzac Park, Forest Hill 2,860
Total Grants - QLD – 11 Total $32,079
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Organisation of Hellene and Hellene-Cypriot Women of Australia (SA) Inc ADELAIDE Adelaide Install a memorial in Adelaide to commemorate the women of the Australian Army Nursing Service who served in the First World War 4,000
Army Museum of South Australia Foundation KESWICK Adelaide Upgrade the Vietnam War exhibit at the Army Museum of South Australia 3,000
Army Health Services Historical Research Group KESWICK Adelaide Publish a book entitled 'Blood, Sweat and Fears: Medical Practitioners of South Australia deployed in Asia from 1945 to 1975' 3,000
Tumby Bay RSL Sub-branch TUMBY BAY Grey Install a plaque at Tumby Bay RSL commemorating First World War soldiers from the district who were killed in action 2,084
Plympton Glenelg RSL Sub-branch PLYMPTON PARK Hindmarsh Create a commemorative mural at the front of the RSL Sub-branch 2,727
Second Valley Progress Association Inc SECOND VALLEY Mayo Restore the Second Valley Progress Association Honour Board and hold an unveiling ceremony 3,450
Second Valley Progress Association Inc SECOND VALLEY Mayo Install a flagpole at the Second Valley Memorial Column in Second Valley, SA to fly the Australian National Flag 1,010
National Railway Museum PORT ADELAIDE Port Adelaide Restore the Port Adelaide Railway Clerical Staff First World War Honour Roll 3,552
Total Grants - SA – 8 Total $22,823
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
5/7 RAR Association TARGA Bass Purchase a banner to use during marches on days of commemoration 979
Wynyard RSL Sub-branch WYNYARD Braddon Install a Vietnam War plinth and plaques in Richard Gutteridge Gardens, Wynyard, TAS 3,600
Reserve Forces Day Council HOBART Denison Hold a Reserve Forces Day parade in Hobart to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 3,000
Beaconsfield RSL Sub-branch BEACONSFIELD Lyons Repair the base of the Beaconsfield Cenotaph 2,800
Total Grants - TAS – 4 Total $10,379
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Bendigo Violet Street Primary School IRONBARK Bendigo Install a memorial wall at the Bendigo Violet Street Primary School to commemorate past and present defence personnel involved in all wars and peacekeeping operations 2,727
Seville Township Group Incorporated SEVILLE Casey Construct a war memorial in Seville commemorating local servicemen and women who died while on active service 4,000
Eurack Recreation Centre Inc EURACK Corangamite Install a plaque and flagpole at the Avenue of Honour in Eurack 2,347
Ceres Primary School CERES Corangamite Remove the old flagpole and install a new flagpole in the main assembly area of the Ceres Primary School 1,364
Croydon Primary School CROYDON Deakin Install a plinth at Croydon Primary School to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac 2,682
Ringwood RSL Sub-branch RINGWOOD Deakin Install a memorial at Ringwood RSL to commemorate all those who served 3,636
Footscray RSL Sub-branch FOOTSCRAY Gellibrand Upgrade the Footscray RSL Memorial Garden 2,640
Bright RSL Sub-branch BRIGHT Indi Erect a Long Tan Cross and plaques in the Memorial Forecourt Garden of Bright RSL Sub-branch to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 1,505
Reserve Forces Day Council (VIC) Inc HEIDELBERG Jagajaga Install a plaque and hold an unveiling service at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital Memorial Garden to commemorate the contribution of Reserve Forces in Australia 1,000
Alex Wilson Club MACLEOD Jagajaga Install glass cabinets to display memorabilia from the 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment 2,937
No 9 Squadron Association Inc SEYMOUR McEwen Install engraved pavers in Seymour to commemorate No. 9 Squadron RAAF 1,407
Moonee Valley City Council ASCOT VALE Melbourne Replace a vandalised statue commemorating women caring for veterans in Victoria Park, Ascot Vale 3,636
Durham Ox Memorial Hall Committee DURHAM OX Murray Restore the State School No. 1483 First World War honour board 1,975
Mysia Recreation Reserve Committee of Management MYSIA Murray Restore and preserve two honour boards, a painting and a photographic montage at Mysia War Memorial School 2,642
Lalor Primary School LALOR Scullin Replace the flagpole at Lalor Primary School 1,364
Landsborough and District Historical Group Inc LANDSBOROUGH Wannon Install plaques on the Memorial Wall in the Landsborough Anzac Memorial Garden to commemorate local servicemen and women 3,800
Woodhouse / Nareeb Soldier Memorial Hall and Reserve NAREEB Wannon Install new servicemen and women name plaques at the Woodhouse / Nareeb Nostalgia Grove in Nareeb, VIC 900
Total Grants - VIC – 17 Total $40,562
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
One Arm Point Remote Community School ONE ARM POINT Durack Install a flagpole at One Arm Point Remote Community School to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration 1,364
Manjimup Historical Society Incorporated MANJIMUP O’Connor Replace a damaged plaque at Manjimup Timber & Heritage Park commemorating men of the timber industry who served in the 2/1, 2/2, and 2/3 Forestry Companies RAE AIF 1940-1945 748
Northam RSL Sub-branch NORTHAM Pearce Install a Boer War Memorial in Northam, WA 1,450
Total Grants - WA – 3 Total $3,562

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.