Wednesday, 19 November 2014

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


Four projects honouring the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women will receive more than $342,000 in funding under the Major Commemorative Grants category of the Saluting Their Service programme.

The grants have been awarded to organisations in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory to help with the upgrade and construction of memorials and monuments that pay tribute to the men and women who have served our nation in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

These projects recognise the contribution these brave Australians made in defence of our nation, ensuring their legacy will live on for future generations.

Randwick City Council will receive a $200,000 grant to develop a national memorial honouring the sacrifice of Australian Lifesavers in all theatres of war. The Fallen Lifesavers Memorial is due for completion by Anzac Day 2015 and will be located at Coogee in Sydney, NSW.

A grant of $24,000 will go towards the development of a permanent tribute to Tasmanians who died while serving in the Second World War. The St Helens/St Marys RSL Sub-branch Inc. will use the grant to install Bronze Plaques that list Tasmania’s complete Second World War Roll of Honour at St Helens Memorial Hall.

The 39th Australian Infantry Battalion (1941‑1943) Association will receive $18,700 towards installing four monuments at the 1000 Steps Memorial Walk at Ferntree Gully, Victoria. The monuments will commemorate the 39th Battalion and those who fought on the Kokoda Track.

Earlier this month, as part of this grants package I announced that the C.E.W Bean Foundation had secured a grant for $100,000 that will enable the construction of a memorial commemorating Australian war correspondents, photographers, artists and film and sound crews at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, ACT.

Today’s grant recipients are just a few examples of the many projects being conducted by communities across Australia in the honour of our ex-service men and women.

For more information on applying for future grant funding visit or phone 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.

Editor’s note: All figures are GST inclusive. In accordance with the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines, approved grants will be added to the list on the DVA website within 14 working days of the funding agreement between DVA and the organisation taking effect.

Media inquiries:

Minister Ronaldson:  Jordi Procel 6277 7820 or 0448 232 908

Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203


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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