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

Media release

Thursday, 14 January 2021

More than $1 million to honour Australia’s military history

Seventy-nine community groups and organisations from across the country will receive funding under the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program for projects that help preserve Australia’s military history.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said more than $1 million would be provided to assist the successful applicants in completing projects and activities that commemorate our service personnel.

“We have a rich military history and many Australians have a grandparent, parent, sibling or relative who have served in our defence forces and have played a role in helping shape the nation,” Mr Chester said.

“By funding projects that safeguard our nation’s wartime heritage, we are ensuring generations to come have the opportunity to learn and connect with this service and sacrifice.

“Some of the projects that received funding include the restoration of the National Military and Service War Dog memorial in Wacol, the development of a digital database of Second World War veterans and construction of a new cenotaph to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australia’s defence personnel.

“Congratulations to all those community groups and organisations that received funding and I encourage others to consider applying for funding in the next round of the Grants Program, particularly for projects and activities that commemorate the Vietnam War, with several significant anniversaries in 2021.”

The Saluting Their Service program is designed to preserve our military history, promote an understanding and appreciation of the experiences of service personnel and involve people around the nation in a wide range of activities that honour the service and sacrifice of Australians.

The program runs throughout the year, with the next batch now open for applications. Applications for Batch 3 of the 2020–21 Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program close on 11 February 2021. Visit the Community Grants Hub for more information.

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Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants Program — 2020/21 Batch 2

Australian Capital Territory
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Canberra Flowers of War Contribute to costs associated with the creation and performance of an ‘Australian Vietnam Requiem’ at Llewellyn Hall. $128,100
University of New South Wales Develop a digital database of Australians who served in the Second World War. $149,366
Total Grants — ACT — 2 Total $277,466
New South Wales
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Banks Anglican Church Property Trust Diocese of Sydney Install a new eternal flame memorial and honour roll in St Mark’s war memorial church. $1,450
Barton Arncliffe RSL Sub-Branch Restore Arncliffe Park memorial. $8,240
Bradfield St Swithun’s Anglican Church Pymble Restore commemorative carriage lamps manufactured during the Second Word War. $2,090
Eden-Monaro Cobargo RSL Sub-Branch Develop a historical database and display commemorating the service and sacrifice of local defence personnel. $9,983
Farrer Greater Hume Shire Council Publish a book entitled ‘Henty’s Heroes — Stories of the Veterans of the Great War’. $3,000
Lindsay Air Dispatch Association of Australia Incorporated Purchase a new banner for the association to march behind. $1,430
Lyne Taree RSL Sub-Branch Install a light granite statue of a soldier at reverse arms at Fortheringham Park. $10,000
New England Hunter Fighter Collection Incorporated Restore a Vickers Supermarine Spitfire MK1A flown during the Battle of Britain. $150,000
Newcastle Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Schools Office Install a yardarm flagpole in the front garden of St Peter’s Primary School, Stockton. $2,000
Parkes Condobolin RSL Club Ltd. Upgrade the commemorative garden at the Condobolin RSL Club and reimburse costs for a recently installed memorial. $6,000
Holy Trinity Anglican Church of Australia — Dubbo Supply and install a yardarm flagpole at the Church. $2,000
Moree Plains Shire Council Install three flagpoles at the Moree Military Museum and contribute to honour roll additions and the installation of memorial seats at the Max Wales Memorial Park. $10,000
Paterson Tilligerry RSL Sub-Branch Construct a cabinet at Tilligerry RSL Club to display military memorabilia. $8,250
Tomaree Headland Heritage Group Incorporated Commission a historian to identify and write a definitive history about Tomaree Lodge, located on Tomaree Headland. $10,000
Riverina Gundagai Historical Museum Incorporated Install cabinets and mannequins to display wartime memorabilia at the Gundagai Historical Museum. $9,556
Sydney The Parish Church of St James Clean and restore commemorative plaques in St James’ Church, Sydney. $10,000
Total Grants — NSW — 16 Total $243,999
Queensland
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Brisbane Clayfield-Toombul RSL Sub-Branch Update the Kalinga honour roll located in Clayfield Memorial School of Arts. $9,927
Capricornia Yeppoon RSL Sub-Branch Refurbish the Yeppoon RSL military museum. $10,000
Dawson Hampden State School P&C Association Apply the three Australian Defence Force emblems and restore gold inscriptions on the Hampden cenotaph. $1,500
Fisher Kawana Waters RSL Sub-Branch Install CCTV at the Kawana Waters memorial to prevent vandalism. $5,190
Forde White Lady Funerals Install a flagpole at the Infinite Aged Care Facility in Cornubia. $2,000
Groom University of Southern Queensland Develop a series of digital vignettes to commemorate the service and sacrifice of local defence personnel in the Toowoomba, Springfield and Ipswich region. $9,090
Herbert Townsville RSL Sub-Branch Supply and install two cabinets at Townsville RSL to display wartime memorabilia. $7,282
Hinkler National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (Queensland) Inc. Install a roll of honour at the Harvey Bay cenotaph to commemorate National Servicemen killed in action. $3,812
Lilley Banyo RSL Sub-Branch Restore the Banyo memorial Howitzer field gun. $10,000
Longman Signature Care Pty. Ltd. Install an Honour Board at Narangba Aged Care facility. $1,680
Install a flagpole at Narangba Valley Aged Care facility. $1,422
Maranoa Goondiwindi Regional Council Update the Talwood war memorial to include names of all local service personnel. $4,620
Longreach RSL Sub-Branch Catalogue and restore items for display at the Longreach RSL Memorial Services Club. $9,180
Southern Downs Regional Council Create a virtual memorial in the form of a website to commemorate the history of the Kyoomba Sanatorium and associated Australian service personnel. $10,000
Warwick RSL Sub-Branch Publish a book entitled ‘Anzacs of the Southern Downs’. $10,000
McPherson Currumbin Palm Beach RSL Sub-Branch Restore the Currumbin RSL cenotaph and install gates to protect the area. $10,000
Install a sandstone plinth and lighting at the edge of the memorial gardens and cenotaph area to allow for additional plaques to be added. $7,500
Oxley Australian Defence Force Trackers and War Dogs Association Restore the national military and service war dog memorial in Wacol. $940
Petrie Descendants of The Rats of Tobruk Australia Association Inc. Enable the manufacture of 13 plaques to be installed around Australia to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk. $5,817
Ryan The Royal Australian Regiment Corporation Restore paving located in the forecourt of the Contemplation Building RARC National Memorial Walk. $5,000
Wide Bay Glenwood Progress Association Inc. Install flagpoles at Glenwood war memorial. $2,000
Construct a new memorial at the Glenwood community grounds to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australia’s defence personnel. $8,000
Mary Valley Rattler Project images and film onto Gympie Railway Station as part of a public event to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australia’s defence personnel. $10,000
Wright Boonah RSL Sub-Branch Manufacture two stands to display commemorative plaques and finalise the restoration of the Boonah war memorial. $7,564
Signature Care Pty. Ltd. Install an honour board at Jimboomba Aged Care facility. $1,680
Install a flagpole at Jimboomba Aged Care facility. $1,422
Total Grants — QLD — 26 Total $155,626
South Australia
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Adelaide Community Broadcasting Association of Australia Limited Produce a photo-film and audio documentary entitled ‘From 6TTU to Vietnam — An Armoured Personnel Carrier for Australia’. $55,000
Police RSL Sub-Branch Construct a new memorial in Adelaide to commemorate Police officers and other Police staff who have died whilst serving in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. $10,000
Virtual War Memorial Australia Enable the addition of Second World War, Korean and Vietnam War service personnel to the Virtual War Memorial Australia’s database. $65,400
Barker Tanunda RSL Sub-Branch Conduct a state-wide oral history and photographic exhibition to commemorate service personnel from South Australia. $45,200
Grey Copper Coast Council Purchase new street signs featuring a red poppy and the phrase ‘Lest We Forget’ for streets named after local service personnel in the Copper Coast area. $3,810
Mayo Coromandel Community Centre Inc. Install two memorial bench seats at the Weymouth war memorial. $6,655
Meadows Community Association Restore plaques on the Meadows war memorial. $4,540
Install a new plaque at the Meadows war memorial to commemorate the service and sacrifice of local defence personnel from the Vietnam War to the present day. $3,050
Sturt Magill RSL Sub-Branch Relocate the Magill First World War memorial to the Gums Reserve, Tranmere. $10,000
Royal Australian Air Force Association (South Australia Division) Incorporated Produce a digital booklet to commemorate South Australians who have served in the Royal Australian Air Force. $2,750
Total Grants — SA — 10 Total $206,405
Tasmania
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Braddon Stanley Primary School Replace two flagpoles at the entrance to the school. $2,000
Ulverstone RSL Sub-Branch Inc. Restore the Ulverstone Boer War memorial. $7,000
Lyons Campbell Town Anzac Group Inc. Install new plaques at the Campbell Town war memorial precinct. $9,660
Total Grants — TAS — 3 Total $18,660
Victoria
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Bendigo Castlemaine Primary School Install two new flagpoles at the school. $2,000
Elphinstone Primary School Council Replace an existing flagpole with three flagpoles at the school. $1,777
Huntley Memorial Hall Committee of Management Install a new honour board adjacent to the Huntly Memorial Hall to commemorate locals who served in the Second World War. $7,314
Deakin Croydon Historical Society Inc. Enable graphic design work and the publication entitled ‘Second World War Veterans from Croydon and District’. $5,000
Gippsland Gormandale and District Primary School Purchase and install three flagpoles at the school. $1,970
Jarrahmond Landcare Group Install a flagpole at Jarrahmond Avenue of Honour as part of Memorial enclosure. $1,542
Morwell RSL Sub-Branch Restore the Yinnar memorial wall. $5,596
Sale RSL and Community Sub-Branch Inc. Install a plaque to commemorate 55 aircrew members from the East Sale Royal Australian Air Force base who died during the Second World War. $3,000
Indi Baranduda Primary School Install a yardarm flagpole at the school. $2,000
Macnamara Australian National Veterans Arts Museum Limited Create a public exhibition, digital showcase and publication commemorating the service and sacrifice of veterans from the arts community. $134,494
Menzies Kangaroo Ground Primary School Install a flagpole at the school. $2,000
Nicholls Lions Club of Merrigum Incorporated Install a flagpole at the Merrigum war memorial. $2,000
Shepparton East Primary School Redevelop the Shepparton East war memorial obelisk. $10,000
Total Grants — VIC — 13 Total $178,693
Western Australia
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Curtin Perth Modernian Society Museum Association Incorporated Enable stage two of the digital honour board project. $3,000
Durack City of Greater Geraldton Host an event to commemorate the 80th anniversary since the loss of the HMAS Sydney II. $71,000
Jurien Bay RSL Sub-Branch Construct a new cenotaph at Cervantes Memorial Park to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel. $4,008
Shire of Northampton Restore the Kalbarri war memorial. $10,000
Forrest St Joseph’s Primary School Construct a commemorative garden at the school to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel. $5,000
O’Connor Shire of Boyup Brook Upgrade Sandakan Park by extending and restoring the existing Boyup Brook Sandakan memorial. $10,000
Shire of Wagin Install two commemorative seats at the Wagin war memorial. $10,000
Shire of Wickepin Complete the final stage of the establishment of the Wickepin memorial park. $10,000
Perth Bedford-Morley RSL Sub-Branch Install an honour board at the Bedford-Morley RSL Sub-Branch Hall to commemorate local service personnel who served in recent conflicts and peace keeping operations. $2,164
Total Grants — WA — 9 Total $125,172

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