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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

MEDIA RELEASE

2 July 2018

Community Grants for Projects Honouring Veterans

Local communities are set to receive almost $200,000 in Saluting Their Service grants which deliver projects commemorating Australia’s wartime history and reflect our gratitude to all those who have served our country.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester described the 85 community projects as thoughtful and moving, ranging from memorial gardens, exhibitions and sculptures, to repairs to cenotaphs, reunions and services.

“I congratulate these communities, this funding will deliver meaningful projects which commemorate Australia’s role in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations and recognise the sacrifice of Australians who have served and continue to serve our nation,” Mr Chester said.

“In my own electorate of Gippsland, Saluting Their Service grants have supported a range of projects over the years including a Boer War honour board at the Morwell Historical Society to recognise service personnel from the local area. It’s a permanent tribute to those who served more than 100 years ago and it includes each personnel’s rank, their service number and their unit.”

The Community Commemorative Grants category of the Saluting Their Service program provides up to $4,000 for each project and applications can now be made through the Community Grants Hub.

Applicants requiring support in submitting their application are encouraged to phone 1800 020 283 or email support@communitygrants.gov.au

A list of the 85 projects receiving funding follows. All funding listed is GST exclusive.

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Australian Capital Territory
Recipient Electorate Funding description Amount $
RAASC Vietnam Supply Platoons Association Inc Fenner Install a plaque and hold a dedication ceremony at Glenorchy to commemorate members of the Royal Australian Army Service Corps who served in the Vietnam War 571
Total Grants - ACT - 1 Total $571

New South Wales
Recipient Electorate Funding description Amount $
Riverwood Punchbowl Anglican Church Banks Install a flagpole at the Riverwood Punchbowl Anglican Church to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration 1,364
St Alban's Anglican Church Bennelong Publish a book to commemorate the First World War soldiers of the Epping area 2,727
The 7th Australian Division AIF Association Blaxland Install a plaque on the Bass Hill Remembrance Wall to commemorate the Battle for Australia and hold a dedication service 1,453
Stuarts Point Workers Recreation and Bowls Club Ltd Cowper Replace a deteriorated flagpole located at the Stuart Point Workers Club 909
Tumbarumba RSL Sub-branch Eden-Monaro Upgrade the Cenotaph in Tumbarumba and install a plaque in memory of Vietnam Veterans 3,500
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Eden-Monaro Install a plaque and hold an unveiling ceremony in Queanbeyan to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all members of the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps 1,555
Narooma Historical Society Inc Eden-Monaro Hold an exhibition in Narooma, NSW to commemorate the Centenary of Armistice 2,775
Wattle Grove Public School Hughes Create a memorial garden at the Wattle Grove Public School to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women 2,924
Colo Vale Community Association Inc Hume Install a stainless steel Anzac sculpture at the Colo Vale War Memorial 4,000
Lake Macquarie City Council Hunter Conserve the Killingworth War Memorial 3,636
Lake Macquarie City Council Hunter Conserve the West Wallsend War Memorial. 3,636
Museum of Fire Lindsay Upgrade the interpretive panels regarding firefighters during the Second World War at the Museum of Fire in Penrith NSW 1,720
City of Penrith RSL Sub-branch Lindsay Repair display cases exhibiting wartime memorabilia at the Penrith RSL Club 2,727
Gloucester RSL Sub-branch Lyne Upgrade the War Memorial located at the Gloucester cemetery 3,636
Dungog Shire Council (Vacy Sportsground Management Committee) Lyne Install plaques at the Gresford School of Arts War Memorial depicting all theatres of operation and those who served since 1975 3,636
Gloucester RSL Sub-branch Lyne Install a plaque at the Memorial Clock Tower in Gloucester, NSW to commemorate the Vietnam War and the Battle of Coral/Balmoral 3,636
Australian Christian Nation Association Inc Macarthur Hold a memorial service at the Anzac War Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Light Horse Charge on Beersheba 3,000
National Trust of Australia (NSW) / Saumarez Homestead New England Install a plaque to commemorate the 33rd Battalion AIF and a flagpole to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration 1,943
Walcha & District Historical Society Inc New England Purchase a glass fronted cabinet for the display of wartime memorabilia at the Pioneer Cottage and Museum Complex in Walcha 2,727
National Trust of Australia (NSW) / Saumarez Homestead New England Hold a memorial service at Saumarez Homestead, Armidale, NSW to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux 245
National Trust of Australia (NSW) / Saumarez Homestead New England Hold an exhibition of First World War memorabilia at Saumarez Homestead, Armidale, NSW to commemorate the contribution of the people of the New England district 523
Maclean RSL Sub-branch Page Install a sandstone block to display a plaque gifted by the Greek consulate at the front of the Maclean Cenotaph 945
Port Stephens Naval Association Paterson Install a plaque displaying the Naval Ode on the memorial to HMAS Psyche at Salamander Bay 300
Breakfast Point Community Association DP270347 Reid Restore the immediate surrounds of the Breakfast Point War Memorial 3,636
Mullumbimby RSL Sub-branch Richmond Restore the Mullumbimby Cenotaph 3,636
Garema Public Hall & Recreation Reserve Trust Riverina Install a replica honour board at the Garema Hall 1,200
Parkes Shire Council Riverina Update honour roll plaques on the Vietnam War Memorial and the Cenotaph in Parkes 3,636
Parkes Shire Council Riverina Update the immediate surrounds of the Parkes Cenotaph 1,475
Parkes Shire Council Riverina Install a flagpole 1,364
The Rock RSL Sub-branch Riverina Install three interpretive plaques to identify memorabilia at The Rock Avenue of Honour 1,754
Murringo Community Association Inc Riverina Install a flagpole at the Murringo Cenotaph 1,000
Parkes Shire Council Riverina Install security lighting at the Vietnam War Memorial in Parkes to deter vandalism 3,636
Murringo Community Association Inc Riverina Publish a hardcover book for the community with information of men who enlisted in the First World War from Murringo, NSW. 3,000
Art Studios Co-operative Ltd Robertson To support the 2018 Australian Spirit Exhibition 3,000
Peats Ridge Public School Robertson Install a flagpole at Peats Ridge Public School to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration 1,500
Belmont RSL Sub-branch Shortland Install lighting at the Belmont War Memorial to deter vandalism 2,479
Lake Macquarie City Council Shortland Restore the First World War German trench mortar in Speers Point Park 3,636
Mittagong RSL Sub-branch Whitlam Install a Centenary Commemoration Stone at the Mittagong and District War Memorial to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the Australian Defence Force 2,000
C Company 2 RAR Reunion Whitlam Hold a reunion to commemorate 50 years since the Battle of Coral and Balmoral 600
Total Grants - NSW - 39 Total $91,069

Queensland
Recipient Electorate Funding description Amount $
Home Hill RSL Sub-branch Dawson Install service emblems, inscriptions and soldier silhouettes on the Remembrance Wall at the Home Hill War Memorial 4,000
Emerald State High School Flynn Upgrade the Emerald State High School Centennial Memorial to include battles from the First World War to Afghanistan 3,636
Toowoomba United RSL Sub-branch Inc Groom Remount and frame historical military photographs for public display at the Soldiers Memorial Hall 2,689
Royal Australian Air Force Association Townsville Branch Herbert Install a plaque at St Benedict's Catholic School dedicated to the men and women who served at the RAAF Bohle River Airfield during the Second World War 392
Chillagoe Alliance Incorporated Kennedy Install a flagpole, honour board and interpretive signage at the Chillagoe railway precinct to depict the town's contribution to the First and Second World Wars and subsequent conflicts 2,403
Burpengary State School P&C Association Longman Install a monument of honour at Burpengary State School to honour past students who served in conflicts since the First World War 2,395
No 38 Squadron (RAAF) Association Longman Purchase three 38 Squadron (RAAF) Association Battle Honour banners 1,582
3rd Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment Corporation Petrie Purchase and install a plaque in Regimental Square, Sydney, commemorating all those who served in 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment 921
Sixth Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment Association Petrie Install a plaque at Regimental Square, Sydney, to commemorate all those who have served with 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment 1,163
Tramways RSL Sub-branch Ryan Install a plaque at the Tramways RSL in memory of the First and Second World War Veterans who worked in the Transport Department of the Brisbane City Council in Taringa 696
Beechmont Anzac Committee Wright Install 19 plaques on the Beechmont Memorial Wall commemorating local service men 1,936
Total Grants - Qld - 11 Total $21,813

South Australia
Recipient Electorate Funding description Amount $
Mannum RSL Sub-branch Barker Restore the "Garden of Memory" monument at the Mannum Cemetery 847
Purnong District Hall Incorporated Barker Upgrade the surrounds of the Anzac Arch at the Purnong District Hall 3,837
Burra RSL Sub-branch Grey Restore a Krupp Cannon for display at the Burra War Memorial 3,000
Beltana Progress Association Grey Hold a service and install a flagpole at the Beltana Hall 1,938
District Council of Mount Remarkable Grey Publish a book about the men and women who enlisted for service in both World Wars from Willowie Township and district of South Australia 2,727
Port Elliot RSL Sub-branch Mayo Restore and upgrade the Port Elliot War Memorial 4,000
Hillsview Village Residents Association Inc Mayo Install a flagpole and plaque at the Hillsview Retirement Village in Happy Valley, SA. 2,564
Riverton RSL Sub-branch Wakefield Install a First World War Honour Board and replace the deteriorated flagpole at the Riverton RSL 1,784
Town of Gawler Wakefield Install paving around the immediate surrounds of a new war memorial in Pioneer Park, Gawler 3,636
Australian Air Defence Artillery Association Inc Wakefield Purchase a banner for the Australian Air Defence Artillery Association to be used during annual Anzac Day Marches 259
Total Grants - SA - 10 Total $24,592

Victoria
Recipient Electorate Funding description Amount $
Dandenong/ Cranbourne RSL Sub-branch Bruce Hold an event to commemorate the 20th Anniversary Reunion of International Force East Timor 273
Australian Special Air Service Association Deakin Produce a booklet commemorating the service of 2 Squadron Special Air Service Regiment in the Vietnam War 3,000
Morwell Historical Society Inc Gippsland Publish a book about Morwell District Soldiers who served in the Boer War 3,000
Windsor Community Children's Centre Higgins Install a flagpole at the Windsor Community Children's Centre to fly the Australian National Flag 850
Swanpool Memorial Hall & Recreation Reserve Committee Inc Indi Relocate and restore the Swanpool War Memorial 4,000
Sherbrooke Community School La Trobe Install a plaque about the Aleppo Pine at the Sherbrooke Community School 286
St Peter's Eastern Hill Anglican Church Melbourne Restore the Wayside Cross War Memorial at St Peter's Eastern Hill Anglican Church which commemorates 241 parishioners who died during the First World War 3,636
Alfred Health - Caulfield Hospital Melbourne Ports Hold an exhibition at Caulfield Hospital, VIC to commemorate 100 years since its establishment as a military hospital 2,727
39th Australian Infantry Battalion (1941-43) Association Inc McEwen Establish a walk of honour at One Tree Hill National Park, VIC to commemorate the Kokoda Campaign 4,000
Portland Bay School Wannon Create a commemorative garden at the Portland Bay Special Development School 2,727
Nelson Cemetery Trust Wannon Install a tree guard around a Lone Pine and install a plaque to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Armistice at the Nelson War Memorial Gates 1,814
Cavendish RSL Sub-branch Wannon Install a flagpole at the John Thomson Memorial Gates in Mooralla to fly the Australian National Flag 1,500
Cavendish RSL Sub-branch Wannon Install a fence around a Lone Pine tree at the John Thomson Memorial Gates in Mooralla 820
Total Grants - Vic - 13 Total $28,633
Western Australia
Recipient Electorate Funding description Amount $
Shire of Shark Bay Durack Install security lighting at the Anzac Memorial in Pioneer Park, Denham 3,636
Shire of Morawa Durack Restore the remembrance wall at the RSL Memorial Park in Morawa 2,727
Nannup RSL Sub-branch Forrest Restore the Nannup War Memorial 4,000
2/16 Australian Infantry Battalion AIF Association Inc Perth To restore a plaque dedicated to the 16th Battalion AIF located in Kings Park 935
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Western Australia Branch Perth Hold a memorial service in Kings Park, WA to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Coral/Balmoral 2,178
Total Grants - WA - 5 Total $13,476
Tasmania
Recipient Electorate Funding description Amount $
St Patricks River Valley Progress Association Inc Bass Restore the Cenotaph and create a portable replica cenotaph in Nunamara 3,943
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Greater Hobart Branch Franklin Hold a memorial service at the Hobart Cenotaph to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral 1,145
Central Highlands Council Lyons Restore the First World War Memorial in Gretna 3,636
Total Grants - Tas - 3 Total $8,724
Northern Territory
Recipient Electorate Funding description Amount $
Back to the Track 2020 Inc Solomon Produce a promotional brochure for Back to the Track 2020 1,605
Darwin Military Museum Solomon Upgrade the First World War Furphy display at the Darwin Military Museum 318
Total Grants - NT - 2 Total $1,923

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