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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

8 March 2019

Commemorative Grants preserve our wartime heritage

AUSTRALIA’S wartime heritage will be preserved with the help of more than $245,000 in funding through the Saluting Their Service Major Commemorative Grants program.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the nine projects receiving funding would contribute to Australia’s understanding of its wartime heritage and honour the service and sacrifice of its servicemen and women.

“I congratulate the successful applicants on their commitment to recognising and remembering Australian military service,” Mr Chester said.

“I know they will use this funding to deliver meaningful projects and engage communities across the country.

“Moving forward from the First World War Centenary period, it’s encouraging to see organisations commemorate more recent conflicts, such as the Quilpie Shire Council which will construct a memorial dedicated to those soldiers who served and lost their lives in Afghanistan.

“The Western Australian branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia plans to capture an important slice of history in video interviews with a cross-section of veterans all the way from the Second World War up to peacekeeping operations post-1975.

“I look forward to seeing these projects come to fruition, and encourage other groups in the broader Australian community, looking to commemorate our service personnel, to review the grant guidelines and submit an application.”

Applications for the Saluting Their Service Major Commemorative Grants program can 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 nine projects receiving funding is attached.

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SALUTING THEIR SERVICE MAJOR COMMEMORATIVE GRANTS 2019

NORTHERN TERRITORY
Recipient Location Funding description Amount $*
Barkly Regional Council NT Erect a fence around ANZAC Hill in Tennant Creek 39,600
Total Grants – NT – 1 Total $39,600
QUEENSLAND
Recipient Location Funding description Amount $
Quilpie Shire Council QLD Erect a memorial dedicated to soldiers who served and lost their lives in the Afghanistan War. 77,573
The Corporation of the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane - Parish Grants QLD Restore an honour roll commemorating the sacrifice of Catholic sailors, soldiers and nurses from Queensland in the First World War. 16,000
The Royal Australian Regiment Association Queensland Division Inc QLD Refurbish historical plinths at the RAR National Memorial Walk. 20,000
Total Grants – QLD – 3 Total $113,573
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Recipient Location Funding description Amount $
Jamestown Development Association Inc SA Re-create the Digger’s Walk in Jamestown to honour the sacrifice and contribution of those from the district who served in the First World War. 6,950
Vietnam Veterans Federation South Australian Branch Inc SA Re-paint iconic murals depicting Australia's Vietnam wartime heritage at the Vietnam Veterans Federation SA Branch's new offices in Marion, South Australia.   14,500
Total Grants – SA – 2 Total $21,450
TASMANIA
Recipient Location Funding description Amount $
St Helens - St Marys RSL Sub-Branch Inc TAS Create a mural at St Helens Memorial Hall commemorating the service and sacrifice of Tasmanians during and after the First World War. 15,380
Total Grants – TAS – 1 Total $15,380
VICTORIA
Recipient Location Funding description Amount $
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Geelong and District Sub-Branch VIC Upgrade the Vietnam Veterans Avenue of Honour and Memorial Park in North Geelong, Victoria 20,000
Total Grants – VIC – 1 Total $20,000
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Recipient Location Funding description Amount $
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia WA Branch Inc WA Record a series of video interviews, 'Camaraderie Generations', with a cross-section of veterans covering the period from the Second World War to post-1975 Peacekeeping and Peacemaking operations. 37,410
Total Grants – WA – 1 Total $37,410

 

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