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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

Ted O’Brien MP
Federal Member for Fairfax, Queensland

MEDIA RELEASE

14 March 2019

Joint media release — Eternal Flame to Burn at Maroochydore

FOR the first time Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has an Eternal Flame thanks largely to an additional $81,616 from the Australian Government’s Armistice Centenary Grants Program, which brings the Government’s total funding support for the project to $119,616.

Today Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester and Federal Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien said this additional funding allowed the Maroochy RSL sub-branch to construct the Eternal Flame Memorial at Cotton Tree Cenotaph at minimal expense to the club.

“The funding from the Australian Government for the construction of the Eternal Flame Memorial is a great example of the projects local communities have developed to commemorate the centenary of the First World War Armistice,” Mr Chester said.

“Projects like this create a lasting legacy for those in the community and they help educate the younger generation of Australians of the service and sacrifice of those who served.”

Mr O’Brien said the money provided by the Australian Government is money well spent. “It’s not to glorify war but to ensure that future generations never forget the tragedy and the terrible high price paid for the freedom we enjoy today,” Mr O’Brien said.

The Eternal Flame at Maroochydore is unique as it uses a sophisticated LED lighting system instead of gas, making it sustainable and safe.

ENDS

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