Dedication of new Coronet Bay War Memorial

Friday, 9 October 2015

The Hon Stuart Robert MP

Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Minister for Human Services

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP

Federal Member for Flinders

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Stuart Robert, together with local Federal Member for Flinders, Greg Hunt, today attended the dedication of the new Coronet Bay War Memorial and met with local veterans in Melbourne’s south east.

“It is always wonderful coming down to this corner of Victoria and I am extremely pleased to see the new Coronet Bay War Memorial is in place and has been restored to its former glory,” Mr Robert said.

Federal Member for Flinders, Greg Hunt, said the Plinth had fallen into a state of disrepair and he had lobbied to have it restored.

“I am thrilled that we were able to provide $1,200 to restore it and I thank the Coronet Bay Reserve Committee of Management for their tremendous contribution and dedication in ensuring the Plinth was restored,” Mr Hunt said.

Mr Robert and Mr Hunt also met with the Phillip Island RSL Sub-branch and visited the Phillip Island Cenotaph, which was significantly refurbished with the help of an $11,000 Commonwealth Government grant.

“The Cenotaph at Cowes is now more accessible for Anzac Day services and will be able to accommodate the steadily increasing number of visitors who wish to commemorate our nation’s history,” Mr Hunt said.

As part of the visit Mr Robert and Mr Hunt also visited Newhaven’s National Vietnam Veterans Museum and HMAS Cerberus where they had the opportunity to meet with some of the local RSL groups.

“I am thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to get out and meet with veterans from around Australia, listening to their concerns and understanding their priorities,” Mr Robert said.

“Greg is a terrific advocate on behalf of veterans and the local community has clearly benefited from his passion for the commemoration of the Centenary of ANZAC.”

Media Contacts:
Richard Briedis (Minister Robert’s Office) 0477 391 174
Samantha Robin (Greg Hunt’s Office) 03 5979 3188 or 0400 175 355

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