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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

Kevin Hogan
MP Member for Page

MEDIA RELEASE

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Joint media release - Investing in NSW North Coast commemorative projects

TWO important commemorative projects on the northern coast of New South Wales (NSW) will receive almost $50,000 in funding from the Australian Government ensuring the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel is remembered.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester and the Member for Page, Kevin Hogan MP, today announced the Alstonville RSL Sub-Branch will receive funding under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program and the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Far North Coast Sub-Branch will receive funding under the Saluting Their Service grants program.

“Funding of $18,182 will be provided to the Alstonville RSL Sub-Branch to upgrade the Elizabeth Ann Brown War Memorial Park, which is used for various commemorative events, including Anzac Day, Vietnam Veterans’ Day and Remembrance Day,” Mr Chester said.

“The grant will go a long way to improve the condition of the war memorial, which is subject to subtropical weather and will enhance the memorial precinct as a place to sit, relax, reflect and remember the service and sacrifice of our service men and women.

“As Remembrance Day this year marks the centenary of the First World War Armistice, this grant will ensure members of the Alstonville community will have an ideal location to stop for a minute’s silence and remember all those who have served our nation over a Century of Service.”

Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Far North Coast Sub-Branch will receive $31,354 under the Saluting Their Service grants program in order to repair the flood-damaged Lismore Vietnam War Memorial.

“The Lismore Vietnam War Memorial is the only one in the Wilson River area of northern NSW and was damaged as part of the devastating floods last year,” Mr Hogan said.

“I am pleased that this funding will go towards repairing this important memorial. A large number of Vietnam War veterans live in this area and the grant will help ensure their service is recognised by the broader community and never forgotten.”

The Armistice Centenary Grants Program is a one-off grant program, which provided every electorate in Australia with up to $50,000 for projects commemorating Australia’s wartime history and the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. Applications for the Armistice Centenary Grants Program have now closed.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs also administers the Saluting Their Service program. Applications can be made through the Australian Government Community Grants Hub.

ENDS

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Whil Prendergast: 02 6277 7820
DVA Media: 02 6289 6466
Office of the Hon. Darren Chester MP, Canberra.

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.