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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel

Media release

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Grants help preserve Australia’s wartime heritage

Community groups and organisations across the country committed to preserving Australia’s wartime heritage will share in more than $1 million in funding through the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the recipients of this round of grant funding were making a vital contribution to preserving our military history and bringing the community together through projects and activities that commemorate our service personnel.

“Community-led commemorative projects play a very important part in helping Australians learn about the crucial role of our service personnel and recognising their courage and sacrifice in serving our nation,” Mr Chester said.

“These grants will assist local communities, from funding restoration work and flagpole installations, to supporting theatre performances and online commemorative websites, which are just some of the projects receiving support this round.”

The coronavirus pandemic represents a significant challenge for many grant recipients. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) recognises the impact on projects due to social distancing and other public health measures in place across the country.

“There are a number of challenges that need to be overcome this year, in particular for those wanting to hold events and commemorative activities, and we as a government are aware of the need for extra support for recipients and have made provisions for that,” Mr Chester said.

“DVA is committed to working with recipients who are affected to extend their funding agreements so they have more time to complete their projects, or find alternative options.”

“These projects will leave a lasting legacy in communities and educate the next generation — helping to solidify the memory of Australian service men and women.”

Further information on the Saluting Their Service grants can be accessed on the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program page. For a list of recipients, see below.

Media contacts

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Office of the Hon Darren Chester, Canberra ACT


Saluting Their Service grant recipients

Australian Capital Territory
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Canberra Officer Training Unit Class 1/70 care of William Moss Enable a performance at Old Parliament House commemorating National Service and the ‘marble draw’. $10,000
Canberra University of New South Wales Create an interactive commemorative website entitled ‘Australians in Bomber Command’. $102,180
Total Grants — ACT — 2 Total $112,180
New South Wales
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Barton Arncliffe RSL Sub‑Branch Restore the Arncliffe Park memorial. $8,240
Blaxland International Maarif Schools of Australia Gallipoli Campus Install a flagpole at the Turkish Maarif school, Auburn. $2,000
Cook Miranda Public School Enable the research of Indigenous service personnel’s involvement in all wars, conflicts and peace operations since the Second World War. $6,750
Hume Goulburn Agricultural Pastoral and Horticultural Society Incorporated Purchase and install a flagpole at the Goulburn Recreation Area Showgrounds. $2,000
Hunter Kearsley Community Dawn Service Incorporated Purchase indoor flagpoles for Kearsley Community Hall. $470
Lyne Gloucester RSL Sub‑Branch Update an honour board to include the names of local service personnel who served during the Second World War and subsequent wars, conflicts and peace operations. $4,000
New England Uralla Historical Society Inc. Curate a museum display incorporating information and memorabilia of local service personnel who served during the First World War. $9,308
Page Ulmarra P&C Association Install two new flagpoles at the school. $2,000
Parkes Sunset Strip Progress Association Incorporated Construct a wall to mount a replicated honour roll and install a new flagpole at the Sunset Strip war memorial. $6,862
Parkes Trangie United Services Memorial Club Ltd. Restore and repair a period cannon from the Second World War $6,600
Parramatta New South Wales Lancers Memorial Museum Incorporated Purchase wartime nurse uniforms for the secondary schools history program. $1,511
Paterson Lions Club of Raymond Terrace Inc. Contribute to the ‘Art Bollard Project’ which will commemorate local service personnel from Raymond Terrace. $1,800
Paterson Tomaree Museum Association Incorporated Digitise Second World War materials related to Port Stephens for publication on the Tomaree Museum website. $10,000
Riverina Coolamon RSL Sub‑Branch Restore two First World War captured German guns and reposition them at the Coolamon War Memorial. $8,700
Riverina Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council Contribute to the upgrade of Albert Park Memorial precinct upgrade. $10,000
Riverina National Servicemen’s Association Wagga Wagga and District Incorporated Erect a Light Horse Memorial in the Wagga Wagga Victory Memorial Gardens. $150,000
Riverina Temora Aviation Museum Incorporated Enable an interactive online self-guided virtual reality tour of the museum. $51,360
Robertson Central Coast Council Restore the Woy Woy War Memorial. $10,000
Warringah Friends of Freshwater Incorporated Contribute to stage three of the Soldiers Avenue of Honour refurbishment project. $10,000
Total Grants — NSW — 19 Total $301,601
Northern Territory
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Lingiari St Philip’s College Alice Springs Limited Construct a wall and mount interpretive signage which commemorates the service and sacrifice of local military personnel. $10,000
Total Grants — NT — 1 Total $10,000
Queensland
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Brisbane 42 For 42 Incorporated Install a new war memorial garden with statues and information panels adjacent the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane to commemorate Australian service personnel who served during the Afghanistan conflict. $90,000
Capricornia Emu Park RSL Sub‑Branch Inc. Install a plaque to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Second World War on the Emu Park cenotaph. $755
Dawson Whitsunday Regional Council Replace the existing Proserpine cenotaph at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre to commemorate the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. $67,000
Fadden North Gold Coast RSL Sub-Branch Install additional plaques to commemorate Australian service personnel at the Helensvale Remembrance Park. $6,000
Flynn Boondooma Museum and Heritage Association Inc. Install additional commemorative plaques for First World War Soldiers and a new memorial garden at Boondooma Homestead. $7,831
Flynn Bororen State School Install two flagpoles in the school’s war memorial garden and conduct landscaping. $3,000
Groom Friends of 42nd Street Memorial Incorporated Redesign and publish a brochure on the Battle of 42nd Street. $4,811
Kennedy Silkwood State School Install two plaques and a flagpole at the school to commemorate Australian service personnel in all wars, conflicts and peace operations. $2,236
Lilley Battle for Australia Commemoration Committee (Qld) Inc. Contribute to costs for the Battle for Australia 75th anniversary commemorative event at Chermside Historical Precinct. $5,400
Maranoa Roma RSL Sub-Branch Contribute to the Roma cenotaph precinct upgrade. $10,000
Maranoa Roma RSL Sub-Branch Contribute to the construction of new permanent glass display cabinets to display uniforms and Vietnam war memorabilia. $10,000
Maranoa Taabinga State School Upgrade the existing memorial area in the school grounds and restore the monument. $10,000
Rankin Greenbank RSL Sub‑Branch Contribute to the refurbishment the Greenbank RSL Sub-Branch memorial gardens. $96,000
Wide Bay Murgon RSL Sub-Branch Inc. Construct a statue of a Second World War digger next to the memorial clock tower to commemorate service personnel from the surrounding districts. $43,950
Wright Forest Hill Primary P&C Association Restore the Forest Hill State School First World War honour board. $6,550
Total Grants — QLD — 15 Total $363,533
South Australia
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Adelaide Adelaide Community Healthcare Alliance Incorporated Construct a life size sculpture of a nurse in uniform on a park bench with a Digger’s hat on her lap and a welcoming outstretched hand. $10,000
Adelaide Friends of the Prospect Library Create a memorial walk to commemorate service personnel from the area who lost their lives in the First World War. $3,045
Adelaide Legacy Club of South Australia and Broken Hill Incorporated Contribute to costs associated with the Legacy South Australia Remembrance Walk and photographic display. $10,000
Barker Southend Progress Association Inc. Install a flagpole to fly the Aboriginal Flag. $1,800
Grey Laura Community Development and Tourism Association Incorporated Construct six metal artworks to commemorate local service personnel for installation at the Laura Community War Memorial. $10,000
Sturt 6 RAR Association Publish a book entitled ‘History of the Sixth Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR) Volume I 1965–1970’. $10,000
Total Grants — SA — 6 Total $44,845
Tasmania
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Braddon Devonport RSL Sub‑Branch Inc. Commission an artist to paint a mural dedicated to the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in all wars, conflicts and peace operations. $3,500
Clark Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex‑Servicemen Restore a First World War honour board for display at North Hobart Football Oval. $4,000
Franklin Kingborough Council Upgrade the Kettering Cenotaph. $500
Total Grants — TAS — 3 Total $8,000
Victoria
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Casey Badger Creek Hall Committee of Management Incorporated Publish 67 biographies on First World War service personnel from the Badger Creek community. $2,000
Casey Dandenong Ranges Music Council Inc. Produce two short music videos to commemorate Australian service personnel involvement in the Vietnam War. $10,000
Casey Wandin North Primary School Install a new flagpole in the school's memorial garden. $915
Gippsland Yinnar Primary School Install a flagpole at the school. $2,000
La Trobe Nar Nar Goon RSL Sub‑Branch Install new plaques and plinths dedicated to local service personnel and the tri-services at the Nar Nar Goon RSL Memorial Park. $9,854
Macnamara Victorian Association of World War 2 Veterans from the Ex-Soviet Union Contribute to the construction of a new memorial to commemorate Arctic Convoys of the Second World War. $10,000
McEwen Sunbury Cemetery Trust Construct a Light Horse Brigade soldier and horse monument at Sunbury Cemetery. $10,000
McEwen Upper Plenty Mechanics Institute Hall Association Inc. Replace two honour boards from the First and Second World Wars. $9,650
Monash Major Projects Foundation Ltd. Conduct a survey and media campaign of S.S Cambridge to create community awareness of the service and sacrifice of the Merchant Navy during the Second World War. $26,943
Total Grants — VIC — 9 Total $81,362
Western Australia
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Durack Shire of Bruce Rock Construct a new memorial dedicated to the service and sacrifice of Australian military personnel in all wars, conflicts and peace operations. $25,000
Moore Returned and Services League of Australia — WA State Branch Contribute to the restoration of the Joondalup War Memorial. $10,000
O’Connor Albany RSL Sub-Branch Contribute to costs associated with the commemorative event for the 75th Anniversary of the end of Second World War. $2,315
O’Connor Country Women's Association of Western Australia Construct a structure to house information panels commemorating the service and sacrifice of local military personnel who served during the Second World War. $7,120
O’Connor Shire of Kent Upgrade the Pingrup War Memorial to commemorate local service personnel who served during the First and Second World Wars. $6,305
Perth Returned and Services League of Australia — WA State Branch Update the West Australian State War Memorial with missing names, and make alterations to current names on the memorial. $83,715
Swan Canning District RSL Sub‑Branch Install an additional flagpole in the Sub-Branch’s commemorative garden. $2,000
Total Grants — WA — 7 Total $136,455

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