Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State


The City of Kingston today held dedication ceremonies for two memorials to honour Australia’s First World War veterans, funded through the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program (ACLGP).

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, attended today’s dedication services in Cheltenham and Mentone with Patron Senator for Isaacs and Hotham, Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield.

“The response to the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program was outstanding and it is wonderful that the local communities of Cheltenham and Mentone have found such meaningful and enduring ways to participate in the Anzac Centenary,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“The Cheltenham Moorabbin RSL Garden features memorials that were relocated in 1996 following council amalgamations. The Australian Government is pleased to have provided $100,000 towards the $125,000 project that has significantly upgraded this facility to enhance the reflective and commemorative aspects of these facilities.

“We are also proud to have provided $57,000 to the Mentone Parade Memorial Gardens. This grant has enabled the installation of an honour roll to complement the existing memorial with additional upgrades to park furniture and landscaping works carried out,” Senator Ronaldson said.

Senator Fifield said the upgraded gardens would be a focal point for the local community.

“These memorial gardens provide important reminders to the community of the great service and sacrifice of those who fought in the First World War,” Senator Fifield said.

“These two locations will also play key roles in important local commemorative events, such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.

“By supporting the redevelopment of these memorials we hope to ensure that the memory of our servicemen and women live on for many years to come,” Senator Fifield said.

More information about the ACLGP is available on the Anzac Centenary website.

Media enquiries:

Minister Ronaldson: Mark Lee 02 6277 7820 or 0408 547 381

Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Editor’s note: In accordance with the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines, approved grants will be added to the list on the Anzac Centenary website within 14 days of the funding agreement between DVA and the organisation taking effect.

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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