Funding to help local communities remember those who served

Tuesday, November 9 2021

The Hon Andrew Gee MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

Commemorative services, restoration of memorials and the installation of a new honour roll are among the notable projects sharing in over $800,000 of grant funding provided by the Australian Government under the Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants Program. 

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee said communities across Australia are proud of their military history, our local veterans who have served our nation and their families who have supported them.

“Our local communities recognise the importance of commemorating and honouring the contribution of our servicemen and women and all that they have done for our nation,” Minister Gee said. 

“This program helps to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage, providing valuable financial support, highlighting the dedication and sacrifice of our veterans. 

“Whether it be restoring the HMAS Diamantina in Queensland, installing a flag pole in a school’s Anzac memorial garden or helping our local museums display wartime memorabilia, this funding will help ensure that our local communities and our nation never forgets the men and women who have served Australia. 

“It’s encouraging to see so many applications for funding in this round for such a wide range of projects, both big and small.”

A full list of successful applicants is detailed below. The next round of STS grants is currently open for applications. For more information, visit the Community Grants Hub website

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Minister Gee office: 0459 966 944
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Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants Program – 2021/22 Batch 1

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Canberra Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations Construct a new memorial at the Ukrainian Orthodox Centre in Canberra to commemorate Australian’s of a Ukrainian descent who have served in the Australian Defence Force. $8,050
Total $8,050
NEW SOUTH WALES
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Cunningham Yesterday Stories Pty Ltd Produce 25 stories on wartime history to be made available on the Yesterday Stories application and will be made available to all schools across Australia. $90,200
Farrer Tocumwal Aviation Museum Pty Ltd Commission a new concrete plinth to mount the Sub‑Branch’s artillery field gun. $17,000
Hume BDCU Goulburn Hospital Fundraising Inc. Install flagpoles at the Goulburn Base Hospital. $2,000
Bungonia Park Land Manager Restore and repair the Bungonia War Memorial. $10,000
Lyne Dungog RSL Sub-Branch Install a new Roll of Honour in the Dungog RSL Memorial Club to commemorate service personnel from the Dungog District who have served since the Vietnam War.  $4,000
Macquarie Blue Mountains Vietnam Veterans and Associated Forces Incorporated Contribute to the 55th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan commemoration being held in Springwood. $6,000
Parkes Dunedoo Historical Museum Incorporated Add additional content to the ‘Lest We Forget – The Servicemen and Women of the Dunedoo District’ publication and publish additional copies. $6,500
Richmond Tweed Heads and Coolangatta RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated Contribute to the restoration of military unit plaques in Chris Cunningham Park and installation of seating. $19,334
Riverina Junee Reefs Public Hall Land Manager Restore the Junee Reefs Public School Honour Board that lists the names of students who served in the First World War. $3,218
Young Historical Society Incorporated Purchase and install three cabinets in the Lambing Flat Folk Museum to display locally significant wartime memorabilia from the Korean and Vietnam Wars. $9,700
Robertson Terrigal-Wamberal RSL Sub-Branch Set three stones engraved with the names of local service personnel in concrete and commission interpretive signage outlining the history of the Wamberal Memorial Hall. $6,720
Umina Community Group Inc. Install interpretive signage at the Runway Park in Woy Woy to explain the history of the area as an emergency aerodrome during the Second World War. $5,112
Wentworth Paddington-Woollahra RSL Sub-Branch Restore the Paddington War Memorial. $10,000
1/19 RNSWR Association Inc. Contribute to the 105th anniversary of the Battle of Pozieres commemoration to be held at St Columba Church. $1,250
Whitlam George Cross Falcons Club Incorporated Install flagpoles at the Maltese Migrant First World War Memorial, Cringila. $2,000
Shell Cove Public School Install a flagpole in the school’s Anzac memorial garden.  $2,000
Tullimbar Public School Install a flagpole at the school. $2,000
Total $197,034

 

QUEENSLAND
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Blair Walloon State School Install a flagpole in the school’s Anzac Memorial Garden $2,000
Capricornia Emu Park Historical Museum Society Inc. Construct additional cabinets and purchase mannequins to display wartime memorabilia at the Emu Park Historical Museum. $3,174
Fairfax Buderim War Memorial Community Association Inc. Construct a garden arbour adjacent to the Buderim Memorial Hall to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel. $5,000
Nambour and District Historical Museum Association Inc. Install new cabinets and frame various First World War memorabilia for display at the Museum. $5,700
Fisher Caloundra RSL Sub‑Branch Refurbish the Military Museum’s collection of military medals and re-frame them for display. $7,870
Griffith Queensland Maritime Museum Association Contribute to the restoration of the HMAS Diamantina. $104,545
Leichhardt Torres Shire Council Construct an Interpretive Trail to commemorate Australia’s Torres Strait Islanders during the Second World War. $139,487
Moreton Sherwood Indooroopilly RSL Sub-Branch Inc. Construct a new memorial at the Sub-Branch to commemorate Australian defence personnel who served in the Vietnam War $9,440
Wright 2nd Light Horse Plainland Troop Inc. Install shelving inside a Second World War Nissan Hut to be used as a space to display wartime memorabilia. $1,000
Dahlitz Media Pty Ltd Contribute to the production of a publication and online portal detailing the history of Royal Australian Air Force 9 and 12 Squadrons from the Second World War until their disbandment. $39,147
Total $317,363
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Barker District Council of Karoonda East Murray Create the Karoonda Remembrance Walking Trail to commemorate service personnel from the district who served in the Second World War and Vietnam War. $10,000


Grey
Copper Coast Council Install a flagpole at Wallaroo National Servicemen’s Memorial. $2,000
Snowtown Primary School Install a flagpole in the school’s Memorial Garden. $1,818
Total $13,818
TASMANIA
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Bass Launceston Legacy Inc. Purchase and install a commemorative seat at Launceston Legacy House. $3,918
Braddon Andrews Creek Primary School Restore and upgrade the school’s Second World War memorial and install a new yardarm flagpole. $5,000
Clark Hobart Legacy Incorporated Contribute to the production of a publication that details the history of Legacy in Tasmania. $19,787
Franklin Dover RSL Club Commission a mural on the front wall of the Club to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian defence personnel in all wars, conflicts and peace operations $5,000
Total $33,705
VICTORIA
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Bendigo Veterans Motorcycle Club Central Victoria Chapter Contribute to the construction of a new memorial to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in wall wars, conflicts and peace operations since the Vietnam War. $6,720
Casey 39th Australian Infantry Battalion (1941-43) Association Inc. Install flagpoles at One Tree Hill where commemorative events are held throughout the year. $2,000
Corio Deakin University Contribute to the production of a short documentary to highlight the contribution of Australian Muslim service personnel in the Second World War and establish a website to make the documentary publicly available. $39,474
Dunkley Bayside Christian College Construct a new memorial and flagpole at the school to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australia’s defence personnel in all wars, conflicts and peace operations. $10,000
Langwarrin Community Centre Inc. Install a new flagpole at the Langwarrin cenotaph. $2,000
Flinders Crib Point RSL Sub-Branch Inc. Install a cabinet at the Sub-Branch to display three mannequins dressed in Australian service personnel uniforms from various wars, conflicts and peace operations. $3,900
Cyril Young Memorial Chapel Association Incorporated Restore wooden seats and their concrete bases at the Cyril Young Memorial Chapel in the Buxton Woodland Reserve. $10,000
Rye Cemetery Trust Construct a new memorial at Rye cemetery to commemorate Australian service personnel laid to rest in the cemetery. $10,000
Gippsland Maryvale Private Hospital Pty Ltd Install two flagpoles at the main entrance of the Hospital. $2,000
Sale RSL Sub-Branch Inc. Install a plaque on the Sub-Branch’s Memorial Wall to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Indigenous service personnel and purchase shelves and lighting for wartime memorabilia display cabinets. $808
Hotham Oakleigh - Carnegie RSL Sub-Branch Inc. Restore the Oakleigh Carnegie RSL Memorial Hall's foundation stone. $2,750


Indi
Wodonga Middle Years College Install flagpoles at the entrance to Wodonga Middle Years College Felltimber Campus. $2,000
Macnamara Christ Church St Kilda Restore a Memorial located in the Church’s Chapel that commemorates 162 locals who served in the First World War. $10,000
McEwen Jamia Healthcare Pty Ltd Install a flagpole at Warrina Aged Care. $1,200
Melbourne History Teachers' Association of Victoria Create an interactive digital experience representing the enlistment process undertaken by Victorians during the Second World War. $54,000
Monash Garfield Primary School Install flagpoles at the front of the school and construct a small commemorative garden surrounding the flagpoles. $7,000
Leongatha and District Historical Society Inc. Enable publication and distribution of book entitled ‘Forgotten for Too Long - the Gippslanders in Lark Force 1941-42’. $7,460


Nicholls
Australian Light Horse Memorial Park Committee Inc. Construct a shelter for a Light Horse Carriage and contribute to the restoration of the Carriage. $9,100
Total $180,412
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Burt Campbell Primary School Install a plaque on a rock at the school to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Indigenous service personnel. $330
Kelscott Primary School P&C Association Canteen Install flagpoles at the school. $2,000
Durack Shire of Broome Host an event on 3 March 2022 at Bedford Memorial Park to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the air raid on Broome during the Second World War. $10,000
Shire of Irwin Contribute to the expansion of the Dongara Memorial Park. $10,000
Hasluck Darlington History Group Inc. Install an Honour Board in Darlington Community Hall to commemorate locals who served in the Second World War, Korean and Vietnam Wars and Malayan Emergency. $5,000
O'Connor Pemberton RSL Sub‑Branch Install cabinets in the Sub-Branch’s conference room to display wartime memorabilia. $10,000
Pearce Northam RSL Sub-Branch Purchase and install cabinets in Northam Memorial Hall to display wartime memorabilia. $9,135
Toodyay RSL Sub-Branch Install additional plaques in Toodyay Anzac Park to commemorate local service personnel. $3,901
Total $50,366