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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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1 May 2017

Saluting Their Service commemorative grants announced

Minister for Veterans’ Affair Dan Tehan today announced more than $150,000 would be provided to community projects around the country that commemorate Australia’s wartime heritage.

Mr Tehan said the latest round of funding under the Saluting Their Service grants program would allow local communities to honour our military history.

“The grants recipients will use their funding to deliver a unique, local project that will enhance understanding of the service and sacrifice of the Australians who have served in defence of our nation,” Mr Tehan said.

“As a nation we honour the men and women who serve in our armed forces and these projects will help record and promote different elements of our shared experience.

“The Saluting Their Service commemorative grants program is designed to preserve our wartime heritage and to involve people throughout the nation in a wide range of activities and projects.”

A list of the projects by state is attached. All funding listed is GST exclusive.

Applications for the next round of Saluting Their Service funding will be available on 1 July 2017.

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

Saluting Their Service Major Commemorative Grants January 2017

Recipient Location Funding description Amount $
Submarine Association Australia NSW Branch NSW Install a memorial at HMAS Platypus commemorating all submariners who served in the Australian Submarine Squadron 7,113
Total Grants – NSW – 1 Total $ 7,113
Recipient Location Funding description Amount
Royal Australian Army Dental Corps Association Inc QLD Publish Volume 2 and 3 of ‘Fang Farriers: Australian Army Dentistry in War and Peace’ 29,677
Afghanistan Avenue of Honour Incorporated QLD Install interpretative signage at the Afghanistan Avenue of Honour in Yungaburra 9,804
Total Grants – QLD – 2 Total $39,481
Recipient Location Funding description Amount
Hellenic RSL Sub-branch VIC Publish a book entitled ‘Greek-Australians in the Australian Forces Kokoda – New Guinea WWII’ detailing the events that took place on the Kokoda Track in 1942 15,000
39th Australian Infantry Battalion (1941-43) Assoc Inc auspicing Kokoda Campaign 75th Anniversary committee VIC Hold a commemorative service on 26 August 2017 at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Kokoda campaign 14,000
Total Grants – VIC – 2 Total $29,000
Recipient Location Funding description Amount
Australian Sikh Heritage Association WA Publish a booklet about the Sikhs who served in the Australian Imperial Forces from 1914 to 1918 61,027
Broome Historical Society Inc WA Create an on-line resource exploring the Broome Historical Museum’s objects and stories relating to the Second World War 17,390
Total Grants – WA – 2 Total $78,417

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.