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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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21 June 2017

Funding for community commemorative projects

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced 62 community projects honouring Australia’s servicemen and women would receive more than $140,000 in Australian Government funding.

Mr Tehan said the projects, funded under the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service grants program, honoured the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have served in our armed forces.

“These grants help communities across the nation build and preserve memorials, hold commemorative events and undertake activities that teach younger generations about Australia’s wartime history,” Mr Tehan said.

“These projects are driven by local community groups to honour our military history in ways that are important and relevant to them.”

The Community Commemorative Grants category of the Saluting Their Service program provides up to $4,000 for individual projects, and applications are accepted at any time.

Mr Tehan said he encouraged interested groups and organisations to review the grant guidelines and submit a request for funding to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

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 commemorativegrants@dva.gov.au.

Media enquiries:

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


SALUTING THEIR SERVICE COMMUNITY COMMEMORATIVE GRANTS MAY 2017

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme 1939-1945 CAMPBELL Canberra Install a plaque at the Australian War Memorial commemorating members of the RAN, RANR and RANVR who were part of the Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme 1,769
No 37 Squadron (RAAF) Association MAJURA Fenner Install a plaque at the RAAF Memorial Grove, Majura, ACT commemorating the service of No 37 Squadron aircrews 1,770
Total Grants - ACT – 2 Total $3,539
NEW SOUTH WALES
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Bermagui RSL Sub-branch BERMAGUI Eden-Monaro Update the First and Second World War plaques on the Bermagui War Memorial to include previously omitted service personnel and install a new plaque to commemorate those who served in Afghanistan 4,000
Balranald RSL Sub-branch BALRANALD Farrer Install a concrete apron around the Cenotaph in Balranald 1,500
Gerringong RSL Sub-branch GERRINGONG Gilmore Install a pathway to improve access to a memorial flagpole and plaque at the Gerringong Headland Reserve 2,808
102nd (Coral) Field Battery Unit POKOLBIN Hunter Hold a 50th anniversary reunion for the 102nd Australian Army Coral Battery in Pokolbin, NSW 3,000
South Coogee Public School SOUTH COOGEE Kingsford Smith Install a commemorative garden and plaque at South Coogee Public School 1,727
Adamstown RSL Sub-branch ADAMSTOWN Newcastle Restore the Adamstown War Memorial 3,636
Naval Association of Australia Newcastle Sub Section NEWCASTLE Newcastle Hold a service in Newcastle, NSW to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea 988
Bourke Shire Council BOURKE Parkes Restore the Bourke War Memorial 3,636
Weston RSL Sub-branch WESTON Paterson Restore the honour boards in Weston Uniting Church and Kurri Kurri Uniting Church 770
Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College Burwood BURWOOD Reid Install a flagpole at the college to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration 1,364
Murwillumbah RSL Sub-branch MURWILLUMBAH Richmond Install a new memorial wall at the Murwillumbah Services Club to commemorate the conflicts the ADF has been involved with since Federation 3,636
South West Slopes Vietnam Veterans NSW Inc SPRINGDALE Riverina Refurbish the gold lettering on the Springdale War Memorial and install a bronze plaque 4,000
Ungarie RSL Sub-branch UNGARIE Riverina Purchase picture frames to frame photographs of diggers to be displayed at Ungarie War Memorial Hall, Ungarie, NSW 2,800
Belmont RSL Sub-branch BELMONT Shortland Install new plaques on the community war memorial in Belmont, NSW 3,346
New Zealand RSL Sub-branch REDFERN Sydney Hold a veteran portrait exhibition at the Church of Te Wairua Tapu in Redfern, NSW, of past and living veterans 3,000
Total Grants - NSW – 15 Total $40,211
QUEENSLAND
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Sandakan POWs Family and Friends Queensland Inc NEW FARM Brisbane Hold a service to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore at the New Farm Park Sandakan Memorial on Anzac Day 2017 1,857
86 Transport Platoon (Vietnam) Association Inc MAROOCHYDORE Fairfax Hold a reunion and commemorative service to commemorate the 50th anniversary of 86 Transport Platoon's deployment to Vietnam 3,000
Springsure RSL Sub-branch SPRINGSURE Flynn Replace the Springsure Cenotaph 3,636
Mount Morgan Historical Museum Inc MOUNT MORGAN Flynn Purchase cabinets for the display of wartime memorabilia at the Mount Morgan Historical Museum 3,000
Brodribb Home Incorporated TOOWOOMBA Groom Establish a memorial garden and plaque at Brodribb Home, Toowoomba to honour those who served Australia in war 3,636
Bundaberg & District Ex Servicewomen's Association Inc BUNDABERG Hinkler Purchase two portable honour boards and hold a commemorative service as part of 'Salute to Servicewomen' events being held in July 2017 2,989
Royal Australian Air Force Association Townsville Branch CARDWELL Kennedy Attach two plaques to the RAAF Memorial Wall in Cardwell honouring the 18 crew members who lost their lives when two Catalinas were shot down during the Battle of the Coral Sea 752
Pratten Progress and Preservation Association Inc PRATTEN Maranoa Install a new Community War Memorial in Pratten, QLD commemorating those who served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in all conflicts 4,000
Naval Association of Australia Stanthorpe & District Sub Section STANTHORPE Maranoa Install a Navy memorial at Weeroona War Memorial Park, Stanthorpe, QLD, to commemorate the Royal Australian Navy and the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea 4,000
Naval Association of Australia Stanthorpe & District Sub Section STANTHORPE Maranoa Hold an event in Stanthorpe, QLD, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea 3,000
Warwick Community Development Anzac Memorial Committee WARWICK Maranoa Construct a new war memorial and dais at Leslie Park, Warwick, QLD to commemorate all Australian campaigns 4,000
Seachange Emerald Lakes Home Owners Association CARRARA Moncrieff Install a memorial plaque on a plinth commemorating those who served and landscape the surrounds at Seachange Emerald Lakes Community Centre 1,445
Sherwood Indooroopilly RSL Sub-branch Inc CORINDA Moreton Install bronze plaques, commemorating all conflicts, on three existing First World War memorials and one on the RSL Memorial Precinct wall in the Brisbane City Council area 3,636
Rainbow Beach RSL Sub-branch RAINBOW BEACH Wide Bay Upgrade the surrounding areas of the Rainbow Beach Cenotaph 3,971
Total Grants - QLD – 14 Total $42,922
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Legacy Club of Adelaide Inc ADELAIDE Adelaide Purchase and install two display cases at Legacy House, Adelaide to display war medals and memorabilia 2,727
Port Pirie RSL Sub-branch PORT PIRIE Grey Restore and display HMAS Tobruk [2] After Jackstay and 'replica' crash net in Memorial Park, Port Pirie, SA 2,727
Willunga Recreation Park Inc WILLUNGA Mayo Mount and display a collage of photos of First World War servicemen from the district in the Show Hall at Willunga, SA 2,000
American River Community & Sports Association Inc AMERICAN RIVER Mayo Purchase and install a flagpole at Remembrance Reserve, American River, SA to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration 1,349
Victor Harbor High School VICTOR HARBOR Mayo Install a flagpole at the Soldiers Memorial Garden in Victor Harbor, SA 1,364
St Joseph's School West Hindmarsh WEST HINDMARSH Port Adelaide Install a flagpole at St Joseph's School to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration 695
Playford Primary School CRAIGMORE Wakefield Create a Garden of Remembrance at Playford Primary School McAuley Campus, Craigmore, SA 1,172
Total Grants - SA – 7 Total $12,034
VICTORIA
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Signature Care Pty Ltd KANGAROO FLAT Bendigo Install a flagpole at Bendigo Community Aged Care facility to fly the Australian National flag on days of commemoration 1,364
Coldstream Primary School COLDSTREAM Casey Install a memorial at the Coldstream Primary School to commemorate local servicemen and women 755
Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Association (Vic) Inc CLAYTON Chisholm Hold a dinner to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the formation of the RAEME corps 1,111
Morwell RSL Sub-branch MORWELL Gippsland Install a memorial garden with a Lone Pine Tree and bronze plaque at the new Morwell Central Primary School, VIC 2,410
Signature Care Pty Ltd SALE Gippsland Install a flagpole at Sale Community Aged Care facility to fly the Australian National flag on days of commemoration 1,037
mecwacare Malvern Centre MALVERN Higgins Install a flagpole at the mecwacare Malvern Centre aged care facility to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration 760
Solway Primary School ASHBURTON Higgins Install a flagpole at the school to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration 740
Wangaratta RSL Sub-branch WANGARATTA Indi Restore and frame an Italian Flag captured during the Second World War Battle of El Alamein 2,528
Royal Australian Engineers Association Victoria (Incorporated) HEIDELBERG WEST Jagajaga Install a plaque at the newly named Sappers Lane at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital to commemorate Sappers of the Royal Australian Engineers 1,200
St Michael's Primary School BERWICK La Trobe Install a flagpole at the school to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration 1,178
Lalbert Recreation & Community Group Inc LALBERT Mallee Refurbish the memorial wall which has been relocated to the Lalbert Community Park 621
Woorinen RSL Sub-branch WOORINEN Mallee Purchase a flagpole to be installed at Woorinen RSL Gateway at Woorinen Oval to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration 775
Pakenham RSL Sub-branch PAKENHAM McMillan Install four plaques at the Pakenham Cenotaph commemorating Iraq, Afghanistan, Peace Keeping Efforts and Operational Service post 1975 1,818
Dookie RSL Sub-branch DOOKIE Murray Publish a commemorative book honouring the men named on the Dookie War Memorial 2,800
Bahgallah Memorial Hall Inc BAHGALLAH Wannon Install a replica monument and plaque at Bahgallah Memorial Hall to commemorate three former Bahgallah State School scholars killed in action at Broodseinde Ridge Battle 4,000
Bahgallah Memorial Hall Inc BAHGALLAH Wannon Restore the First World War Honour Board located in the Bahgallah Memorial Hall 3,876
Bahgallah Memorial Hall Inc BAHGALLAH Wannon Hold a memorial service to commemorate the centenary of the Broodseinde Ridge Battle 976
Bahgallah Memorial Hall Inc BAHGALLAH Wannon Install a flagpole at the Bahgallah Memorial Hall to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration 1,156
Bahgallah Memorial Hall Inc BAHGALLAH Wannon Casterton Secondary College students will undertake a series of projects to help commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Broodseide Ridge 470
Total Grants - VIC – 19 Total $29,575
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Living Waters Lutheran College Halls Head Campus HALLS HEAD Canning Install a flagpole at the college to fly the Australian National flag on days of commemoration 1,169
Shire of Upper Gascoyne GASCOYNE JUNCTION Durack Install a new community war memorial in Gascoyne Junction, WA 3,636
Nungarin Heritage Machinery and Army Museum NUNGARIN Durack Purchase and install glass display cases at the Nungarin Heritage Machinery and Army Museum for the display of uniforms and other wartime memorabilia 2,727
Toodyay RSL Sub-branch TOODYAY Pearce Replace 12 damaged plaques in the Anzac Park memorial rose garden, Toodyay, dedicated to servicemen listed on the Honour Roll 2,940
Boer War Memorial Society of WA Inc KINGS PARK Perth Hold the Boer War Day Commemoration and Reconciliation Service at Kings Park, WA commemorating the 115th anniversary 3,000
Total Grants - WA – 5 Total $13,472

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