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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel

MEDIA RELEASE

Friday 1 November 2019

Communities salute service men and women

PROJECTS right across the country commemorating Australia’s wartime heritage will be funded thanks to more than $265,000 in Saluting Their Service grants.

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program encourages an understanding and appreciation of the role that service personnel have played in shaping Australia as we know it today.

“The projects funded through Saluting Their Service highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations,” Mr Chester said

“There are some fantastic projects under way right around Australia and these grants will assist ex-service organisations, community groups and local councils in completing them.

“The memory of our brave ADF personnel will live on through these projects, helping to leave a lasting legacy in these communities by educating future generations of Australians.”

The Community Commemorative Grants category of Saluting Their Service provides up to $4,000 for each community based commemorative project or activity. Projects funded include honour rolls, improvements to already existing memorials including lighting and access, exhibitions and photographic displays.

“I encourage communities across Australia to apply for funding for their projects and activities that are eligible for the next round of Saluting Their Service grants,” Mr Chester said.

Applications can be submitted on the Saluting Their Service Commemoration Program page on the Community Grants Hub. For support in submitting an application visit the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program page on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website.

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Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorations Program – Community Commemorative Grants Batch 3

New South Wales
Electorate
Recipient
Funding description
Amount $

Calare

The Trustee for Neville Public Hall Reserve Land Manager

Construct a footpath at the Neville War Memorial to allow access for wheelchairs.

$3,800

Cowper

Nambucca Shire Council

Install an honour roll at the Eungai Hall to commemorate the service and sacrifice of local service personnel.

$2,050

Dobell

2/33rd Australian Infantry Battalion AIF Association

Enable the reprinting of the second edition of the publication ‘The Footsoldiers’.

$3,000

Farrer

Finley Regional Care Limited

Purchase and install a flagpole at Finley Regional Care to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration.

$979

Farrer

Wentworth District RSL Sub-Branch

Supply and install two monuments in Wentworth dedicated to the service and sacrifice of Australian service personnel during the Vietnam War.

$4,000

Farrer

Wakool Community Progress Association Inc.

Construct a website to make local war history information publicly available.

$450

Gilmore

Moruya and District Historical Society Incorporated

Enable the conservation of an Anzac commemorative textile.

$1,082

Gilmore

Nowra RSL Sub-Branch The Returned and Services League Of Australia (New South Wales Branch)

Supply and install lighting for the Stained Glass Memorial at the Nowra RSL Sub-Branch.

$1,389

Hume

Wingello Village Association Incorporated

Construct an honour board at Wingello Mechanics Institute Hall to commemorate local service personnel who served in the Second World War.

$1,050

Hume

Goulburn Mulwaree Council

Install lighting at the Rocky Hill War Memorial.

$3,000

Hunter

Muswellbrook RSL Sub‑Branch

Construct a concrete border and enhance the garden around the Anzac Memorial in Muswellbrook.

$4,000

Hunter

Muswellbrook RSL Sub‑Branch

Supply and install cabinets to display memorabilia at the Murrurundi RSL.

$3,000

Hunter

Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club Co‑Operative

Supply and install laser engraved recollections from the Second World War in the Old Officers Mess at the Rathmines RAAF Base.

$3,000

Kingsford Smith

St Nicolas Anglican Church

Restore honour rolls and install safety glass at the St Nicolas Anglican Church.

$3,396

Lyne

Wingham RSL Sub‑Branch

Conduct research to establish names of service personnel from the local area missing from the honour boards at Wingham Memorial Town Hall.

$4,000

Lyne

Hinton Public School Department of Education

Restore the school’s memorial gates.

$2,380

North Sydney

Hunters Hill Council

Digitise unique wartime historical information held by the Hunters Hill Museum for public access on the Hunters Hill Council website.

$3,000

New England

Uralla Historical Society Inc.

Host an exhibition at the McCrossin’s Mill Museum dedicated to service women from the area.

$2,020

Page

Alumy Creek Reserve Land Manager

Purchase materials required to complete a display of photographs in the Alumy Creek School Memorial room.

$2,705

Page

41st Infantry Battalion Association

Preserve and mount the guidon of the 15th Light Horse Regiment (Northern Rivers Lancers), and display it with a commemorative plaque in the Warrior’s Chapel at the St Andrews Anglican Church in Lismore.

$1,337

Parkes

Mendooran Central School

NSW Government Schools

Establish a monument at the school to honour past and present members of the community who served in the Australian Defence Force.

$2,800

Parkes

Adelong Progress Association

Enable the publication of a book commemorating First World War service personnel from the local area.

$3,000

Parkes

Gilgandra Alive Incorporated

Enable the publication of a book commemorating First World War service personnel from the local area.

$3,000

Reid

4RAR Association NSW/ACT

Purchase a commemorative plaque to be mounted on the wall at Regimental Square in Sydney.

$2,050

Richmond

The 8th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Association Incorporated

Hire a venue and purchase wreaths to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Hais.

$3,000

Riverina

Cowra Shire Council

Erect a memorial and conduct a commemorative program in Cowra to mark the 75th anniversary of the Cowra Breakout.

$2,500

Riverina

Illabo Show Society Inc.

Install additional plaques at the Illabo War Memorial commemorating the service and sacrifice of local service personnel in the Second World War.

$1,245

Riverina

Parkes RSL Sub-Branch

Restore wartime memorabilia and display it at the Parkes Services Club.

$3,000

Riverina

Parkes RSL Sub-Branch

Install lighting at the Parkes Services Club.

$600

Sydney

Fifth Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment Association Incorporated

Mount and dedicate a bronze plaque at the Royal Australian Regiment Memorial in Martin Place, commemorating all those who served in 5RAR since its formation in 1965. 

$2,110

Warringah

Cadzow, Allison Jane

Enable circulation of the publication ‘Our Mob Served: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories of War and the Defence of Australia’.

$2,355

Wentworth

Jewish Centre On Ageing (COA) Sydney Incorporated

Enable the publication of two books commemorating the service and sacrifice of COA Sydney’s members in wars, conflicts, and peace operations.

$2,799

Whitlam

Bowral RSL Sub-Branch

Install a flagpole and lighting at the Bowral Bowling Club in order to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration.

$1,757

Total Grants - NSW - 33

Total $79,854

Northern Territory
Electorate
Recipient
Funding description
Amount $

Solomon

Manunda Terrace Primary School Council Inc.

Construct a memorial in the grounds of the school to commemorate HMAS Manunda.

$3,465

Solomon

Royal Australian Artillery Association (NT) Inc.

Restore the 3.7-inch anti-aircraft gun held by the Darwin Military Museum.

$3,000

Solomon

Royal Australian Artillery Association (NT) Inc.

Frame two Royal Australian Navy pennants and four East Timor paintings to preserve the items for public display at Darwin Military Museum.

$1,740

Total Grants - NT - 3

Total $8,205

Queensland
Electorate
Recipient
Funding description
Amount $

Blair

Kilcoy RSL Sub-Branch Inc.

Supply and install a flagpole at Mt Kilcoy State School to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration.

$902

Fisher

Glass House Country RSL Sub-Branch Inc.

Install signage for a new memorial walk at the Glass House Mountains RSL.

$3,889

Flynn

Agnes Water-1770 RSL Sub-Branch

Supply and install a flagpole at a local school to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration.

$865

Herbert

Palm Island Aboriginal Council

Restore two existing War Memorials on Palm Island.

$3,392

Herbert

James Cook University

Research the impact that the Second World War had on the Northern Queensland area.

$3,000

Hinkler

Isis RSL Sub-Branch Inc.

Install CCTV at the Isis RSL Sub-Branch building to protect collected memorabilia.

$1,634

Maranoa

Alaric Outback Retreat Inc.

Supply and install a display cabinet at Alaric Outback Retreat to display memorabilia.

$2,670

Maranoa

Charleville Airfield & WWII Museum Ltd

Supply and install cabinets at the Charleville Airfield and Second World War Museum to display memorabilia.

$3,000

Maranoa

Crows Nest Historical Society

Supply and install cabinets to display artefacts in the Crows Nest Historical Society memorabilia room.

$3,000

Maranoa

Charleville and District Community Support Association Inc.

Install a ‘Ghost Soldier’ sculpture at the Charleville RSL Sub-Branch.

$3,000

 

Petrie

 

Aspley Special School

Upgrade the school’s memorial site.

$1,412

Rankin

Springwood Tri Services RSL Sub-Branch Inc.

Supply and install five plaques dedicated to the Navy, Army, Air Force, Merchant Navy, and servicewomen at the Springwood Community Memorial.

$3,445

Wright

Forest Hill Community Development Association Incorporated

Repair the Forest Hill Weeping Mothers Memorial.

$3,960

Wide Bay

Maryborough Military Aviation Museum Association Inc.

Commission an honour board at the Maryborough Military Aviation Museum to commemorate Second World War Royal Australian Air Force personnel.

$3,900

Wide Bay

Tin Can Bay RSL Sub-Branch

Supply and install plaques dedicated to the Army, Navy and Air Force at Memorial Hill in Tin Can Bay.

$3,300

Wide Bay

Mary Valley RSL Sub‑Branch

Restore the Mary Valley First World War honour boards and update the Imbil Memorial Cross to include recognition of First World War service personnel.

$3,235

Total Grants - QLD - 16

Total $44,604

South Australia
Electorate
Recipient
Funding description
Amount $

Adelaide

Royal Australian Army Medical Corps Association of South Australia

Purchase a new unit banner.

$960

Barker

Mallee Wren Community House

Commission and install a life size silhouette of an Australian soldier at Parrakie.

$3,450

Barker

Monash and Lone Gum Community Association Incorporated

Install an honour board to commemorate the service and sacrifice of local service personnel in the First World War.

$4,000

Barker

Meningie RSL Sub-Branch

Contribute to costs for a display dedicated to Aboriginal service personnel from the First World War at the Meningie Memorial Park.

$3,900

Barker

Tailem Bend RSL Sub‑Branch Inc.

Install three flagpoles at the Tailem Bend War Memorial.

$440

Barker

Kapunda Historical Society Incorporated

Enhance the 'Kapunda Remembers' display at the Kapunda Museum.

$1,320

Grey

Kadina Memorial School

Construct and install memorial granite plaques and establish a memorial garden at the Kadina Memorial School.

$4,000

Grey

Manoora Centenary Park Incorporated

Commission a commemorative sculpture of the Rising Sun Badge etched with the phrase ‘Lest We Forget’ at Manoora Centenary Park.

$825

Grey

Marrabel Districts Community Association

Install a fence around the recently refurbished Marrabel Soldiers Memorial.

$4,000

Grey

Matthew Flinders Home Incorporated

Install a plaque and upgrade a community memorial at Matthew Flinders Aged Care Home.

$3,503

Grey

District Council of Mount Remarkable

Restore the Mount Remarkable Soldiers Memorial Monument.

$2,207

Hindmarsh

Largs Bay RSL Sub-Branch Inc.

Install security cameras and plaques, and landscape a newly created memorial walkway at Largs Bay RSL Sub-Branch.

$3,725

Mayo

Cherry Gardens Community Association Inc.

Design and install an honour board and plaque at the Cherry Gardens Soldiers Memorial Park.

$1,444

Mayo

Mount Compass War Memorial Community Centre Incorporated

Install plaques at the Centre to commemorate the service and sacrifice of local service personnel during the Second World War.

$3,684

Spence

Estia Health Bannockburn

Purchase and install a flagpole at the Estia Health Burton Village to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration.

$855

Sturt

Treenet Incorporated

Enable the finalisation of Treenet’s website to include all Avenues of Honour in Australia.

$3,000

Sturt

Royal Australian Regiment Association (SA Branch) Inc.

Enable the publication of a booklet by Fred Fairhead commemorating the Battle of Long Tan.

$2,500

Sturt

Burnside Primary School

Install plaques and landscape an area to be dedicated to First World War service personnel who attended the school.

$1,291

Total Grants - SA - 18

Total $45,104

Tasmania
Electorate
Recipient
Funding description
Amount $

Bass

Royal Australian Air Force Association (TAS Division)

Supply a plaque to be installed at the Launceston Cenotaph, commemorating the service and sacrifice of the Australian Flying Corps and the Royal Australian Air Force.

$676

Clark

Hobart Legacy Incorporated

Install a commemorative stone in Queen’s Domain, Hobart.

$2,782

Franklin

Kingborough Council

Restore a memorial wall and honour boards and install a new commemorative plaque at the Lunawanna War Memorial Hall.

$3,400

Lyons

Northern Midlands Council

Enhance the Liffey Hall Commemorative Garden through landscaping and additional signage.

$2,304

Total Grants - TAS - 4

Total $9,162

Victoria
Electorate
Recipient
Funding description
Amount $

Ballarat

Ballarat Ranger Military Museum Foundation Inc.

Contribute to the production of the play titled ‘Mud and Blood’.

$3,000

Ballarat

Ballan RSL Sub-Branch Inc.

Supply and install cabinets at the Ballan RSL to display memorabilia.

$3,000

Ballarat

Daylesford and District Historical Society Incorporated

Display stories of local service personnel and commission a photograph of the local avenue of honour for display in the Daylesford and District Historical Society’s building.

$1,759

Corangamite

Waurn Ponds Memorial Res Committee of Management Incorporated

Supply and install a flagpole to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration.

$903

Flinders

Cerberus Cottage Family & Friends Inc.

Erect a memorial wall and plaque at Cerberus Cottage to honour Australian service personnel.

$3,980

Gellibrand

The Maritime Trust of Australia Inc.

Upgrade an existing honour board to commemorate Australian service personnel who served on HMAS Castlemaine during the Second World War.

$1,760

Gippsland

Paynesville RSL Sub‑Branch

Restore and preserve the Paynesville Cenotaph.

$2,800

Gippsland

Sale RSL & Community Sub-Branch Inc.

Install two plaques at the Sale RSL and Community Club dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Malayan Emergency and the 75th anniversary of the Sandakan Death Marches.

$980

Gippsland

Traralgon Public Cemetery Fund

Supply and install a plaque in the Memorial Precinct Gardens at the Traralgon Cemetery to commemorate the service and sacrifice of service personnel during the Boer War.

$1,325

Higgins

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School

Supply and install a flagpole to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration.

$1,165

Indi

Rutherglen Primary School

Supply and install plaques at Rutherglen Primary School dedicated to the service and sacrifice of previous students in the Vietnam War.

$1,260

Indi

Wahgunyah Progress Association Inc.

Repaint the ‘Lest We Forget’ sign and picket fence at the Wahgunyah Cenotaph.

$2,000

Indi

Vietnam and Associated Veterans Club Inc.

Repaint the Vietnam Avenue of Honour signs near the entrance to the Bandiana Army Base.

$1,826

Isaacs

Highett RSL Sub-Branch Inc.

Install a memorial plaque in the newly built Memorial Garden at the Highett RSL Sub-Branch.

$4,000

JagaJaga

The Royal Australian Engineers Association of Victoria Inc.

Supply and install five plaques in various locations around Melbourne to commemorate the 22nd Engineer Regiment RAE.

$3,041

La Trobe

Berwick Pakenham Historical Society Inc.

Enable the publication of a book commemorating Second World War service personnel from the local area.

$3,000

Macnamara

Caulfield RSL Sub-Branch Inc.

Restore two First World War memorial stained glass windows at the Caulfield RSL Sub-Branch.

$4,000

Maribyrnong

Keilor East RSL Sub‑Branch Incorporated

Supply and install cabinets at the Keilor East RSL to display uniforms and equipment, and frame commemorative prints.

$2,927

McEwen

Wandong History Group Inc.

Produce images and short histories of local service personnel.

$3,000

Melbourne

Maltese Community Council of Victoria Inc.

Construct a memorial wall in Parkville commemorating service personnel from a Maltese background.

$2,450

Monash

Foster RSL Sub-Branch

Construct a replica Second World War military encampment.

$1,885

Monash

Drouin South Primary School

Install a flagpole to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration.

$640

Nicholls

Dookie RSL

Returned & Services League of Australia (Victorian Branch) Inc.

Purchase and install commemorative sculptures with attached plaques around Dookie.

$2,374

Wannon

Beaufort Historical Society

Commission and install a bronze figure with security lighting at Beaufort Memorial Park to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian service personnel in the Vietnam War.

$4,000

Wannon

Heytesbury District Historical Society Incorporated

Install a replacement honour board at the Port Campbell Historical Hall.

$1,800

Wills

A Tree For Gallipoli - Move The House Inc.

Purchase 50 trees which will be used for commemorative planting projects in the area.

$3,000

Total Grants - VIC - 26

Total $61,875

Western Australia
Electorate
Recipient
Funding description
Amount $

Burt

Campbell Primary School

Purchase and erect three metal art pieces depicting two soldiers and a service dog at the Campbell Primary School.

$505

Burt

Forrestdale Primary School

Purchase and install a flagpole at the school to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration.

$1,410

Canning

City of Mandurah RSL Sub‑ Branch

Purchase and install a replacement plaque at the City of Mandurah RSL Club.

$836

Curtin

Perth Modernian Society Museum Association Incorporated

Restore the memorial at Perth Modern School to enable the addition of the names of former students who served during the First World War.

$4,000

Durack

Shire of Mt Marshall

Refurbish the commemorative garden at the Bencubbin Recreation Centre.

$4,000

Moore

Ocean Reef RSL Sub‑Branch

Supply and install a plaque and repair concrete at the Ocean Reef Anzac Memorial.

$4,000

O'Connor

Narrogin RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated

Returned & Services League of Australia WA Branch Incorporated

Update the Narrogin roll of honour.

$2,750

Pearce

Northam RSL Sub-Branch Returned & Services League of Australia WA Branch Incorporated

Install a plinth at the Northam Memorial Hall dedicated to the service and sacrifice of Australian service personnel during the Vietnam War.

$4,000

Swan

2 Field Troop Royal Australia Engineers

Purchase and install a plaque at the Belmont War Memorial to commemorate the service of 2 Field Troop, Royal Australian Engineers in Malaysia, Thailand and Sarawak.

$386

Tangney

Combined Defence Force Support Association of WA Incorporating VLSVAWA

Purchase a new unit banner.

$693

Total Grants - WA - 10

Total $22,580

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