Veteran service honoured through local grants

Friday, 16 September 2022

The Hon Matt Keogh MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel

Community organisations across the nation will receive funding from the Australian Government to deliver projects honouring our nation’s veterans and safeguard Australia’s military history.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh said an impressive range of projects would receive funding under the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program.

“The Australian Government is providing over $400,000 to more than 50 community organisations who have come forward with proposals dedicated to commemorating the service and sacrifice of our service personnel, veterans and families,” Minister Keogh said.

“It is encouraging to see communities employing new technologies in the ways they commemorate the service of veterans.

“One veteran support organisation, Carry On, will be funded to publish an e-book about its 90-year history.

“The Newcastle RSL Sub-Branch is receiving funding to restore a Second World War artillery piece and other equipment.

“In South Australia, the Waikerie RSL Sub-Branch is planning to produce a state-wide oral history program and photographic exhibition to commemorate service personnel.”

The Saluting Their Service grants program ensures Australia’s wartime history is preserved and the sacrifice of those who have served during wars, conflicts and peace operations is remembered.

“The spirit of commemoration is alive and well across the country, we’ve seen a great range of applications from ex-service organisations, local councils, schools and historical societies.” Minister Keogh said.

Saluting Their Service is an ongoing national grants program and applications for the next round are now open. To submit your application or find further details please visit the Saluting Their Service page on the GrantConnect website.

A full list of successful grants can be found in the tables below.

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Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants Program 2022‑23
Batch 1

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Canberra Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans' Association Limited Install 14 plaques across Australia to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Australian Peacekeeping. $17,050
TOTAL $17,050
NEW SOUTH WALES
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Calare Manildra Public School Parents and Citizens Association Purchase and install a new flagpole at Manildra Public School. $2,000
Cowper Stuarts Point RSL Sub-Branch Upgrade the Stuarts Point War Memorial. $10,000
Farrer Rotary Club of Tocumwal Incorporated Commission a series of interpretive signs along the Tocumwal Creek Walk to provide information on the Tocumwal Women's Australian Air Force Auxiliary Force base. $58,181
Wakool Memorial Walk Action Group Incorporated Install two park benches along the Wakool Soldier Settlers Memorial Walk to commemorate service personnel who lived in Wakool and the surrounding district. $8,835
Macquarie Blue Mountains Vietnam Veterans and Associated Forces Incorporated Hold an event at the Springwood War Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Australia’s withdrawal from the Vietnam War. $8,000
Newcastle City of Newcastle RSL Sub-Branch Restore a Second World War Howitzer Gun, naval anchor and aircraft propeller. $10,000
Page Grafton RSL Sub‑Branch Install two memorial park benches in Grafton Memorial Park. $6,962
Parkes National Servicemen's Association of Australia NSW Branch Incorporated Construct a new War Memorial in Moree Anzac Park to commemorate those who lost their lives whilst serving in the Vietnam War. $10,000
Riverina Kooringal Public School Construct a Memorial Garden at Kooringal Public School to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all Australian service personnel. $10,000
Parkes RSL Sub‑Branch Display three wartime artworks in the Parkes Services Club. $3,500
Warringah 2/33rd Australian Infantry Battalion AIF Association Develop a website to provide information on the 2/33rd Australian Infantry Battalion AIF. $1,745
TOTAL $129,223
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Solomon The Royal Australian Artillery Association (Northern Territory) Incorporated Commission two concrete pads at the Darwin Military Museum to display a Second World War Bailey Bridge and Cletrac Tractor. $7,636
TOTAL $7,636
QUEENSLAND
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Blair Kilcoy Golf Club Incorporated Install a flagpole at the Kilcoy Golf Club. $2,000
Brisbane The Corporation of the City of Tabernacle Publish a book to commemorate local Second World War service personnel and enable reprints of the related First World War publication. $7,681
Fadden North Gold Coast RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated Manufacture 30 metal poppies to honour students from Coomera State Primary School who served in the First and Second World Wars. $3,976
Griffith Naval Association of Australia Queensland Section Restore the mast of the HMAS Swan for display adjacent to the Queensland Maritime Museum. $9,590
Groom Toowoomba United RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated Construct a new memorial in the Toowoomba Memorial Park Precinct to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian service personnel since 1972.  $10,000
Herbert Townsville Maritime Museum Limited Install a plaque at the site of the former HMAS Magnetic naval base to provide information about the site and commemorate those who served during the Second World War. $5,000
Maranoa Blackall RSL Sub-Branch Add the name of five locals who served in the First World War, and correct the spelling of an existing name, on the Blackall Cenotaph Roll of Honour. $1,185
Bollon Primary Parents and Citizens Association Install a new flagpole at Bollon State School. $1,999
Moreton Yeronga Dutton Park RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated Install nine interpretive signs along the Yeronga Community Veterans’ Memorial Walk to provide information on all wars, conflicts and peace operations Australia’s service personnel have been involved in. $9,900
Oxley Naval Association of Australia (Navy Women Queensland Sub-Section) Incorporated Purchase frames to display medals and badges belonging to two Second World War veterans who formed the Naval Association of Australia Sub-Section. $850
Wide Bay Murgon RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated Install five cast bronze plaques in a Murgon Memorial Park to commemorate those who have served in wars and conflicts since the Vietnam War. $7,250
TOTAL $59,431
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Adelaide Headquarters 1st Australian Task Force Association Construct a memorial along the Adelaide Pathway of Honour to commemorate those who served in Headquarters 1st Australian Task Force who died whilst serving in the Vietnam War. $7,268
Hilton RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated Purchase two cabinets for installation at the Hilton RSL to display wartime memorabilia. $7,227
Barker Waikerie RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated Conduct a state-wide oral history program and photographic exhibition to commemorate service personnel from South Australia. $42,850
Boothby Colonel Light Gardens RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated Replace the Centenary of Anzac plaque at the Colonel Light Gardens RSL and Community Club. $2,100
Grey Cleve Area School Install a new flagpole to display the Aboriginal flag at Cleve Area School. $2,000
Curramulka Community Club Upgrade the Curramulka Soldiers Memorial Park. $10,000
Port Pirie RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated Install four podium style storyboard signs at various locations around Port Pirie to update the Port Pirie Military Trail. $3,568
Mayo Macclesfield RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated Purchase three portable flagpoles for use at community events. $1,485
Spence Gawler RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated Commission a mural on the external wall of the Gawler RSL Sub-Branch depicting images from all major Wars and conflicts. $3,880
TOTAL $80,378
TASMANIA
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Braddon Wynyard RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated Purchase cabinets and mannequins for installation at the Wynyard RSL Museum to display uniforms and military memorabilia. $9,694
Lyons Westbury RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated Construct a panorama of wall-mounted commemorative steel silhouettes and accompanying bench seat at the Westbury RSL Club to commemorate locals who served in the Vietnam War. $6,050
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Tasmania Incorporated - Launceston Sub-Branch Install three memorial bench seats at various locations nearby Lake Sorell. $9,600
TOTAL $25,344
VICTORIA
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Corio Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia - Victorian Branch Incorporated Install a plaque at the North Geelong Avenue of Honour to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of Australian involvement in the Vietnam War. $3,977
Dunkley Kananook Primary School Create a Memorial Garden at Kananook Primary School. $7,500
Seaford Primary School Construct a new War Memorial at Seaford Primary School. $4,500
Skye Primary School Construct a new War Memorial at Skye Primary School. $4,500
Flinders St Joseph's School Sorrento Install two flagpoles at St Joseph’s Primary School Sorrento. $2,000
Gellibrand Maritime Trust of Australia Incorporated Purchase mannequins to display Second World War Naval uniforms at the HMAS Castlemaine Museum Ship. $4,092
Gippsland Port Albert Maritime Museum Incorporated Create a new exhibition at the Port Albert Maritime Museum featuring firsthand accounts from local veterans and wartime memorabilia. $9,988
Goldstein Sacred Heart School Sandringham Install a new flagpole flag at Sacred Heart School in Sandringham. $2,000
Indi Bruarong Community Centre Incorporated Restore two honour boards located at the Bruarong Community Centre, create an accompanying text panel and complete a chapter on the history of local service personnel. $5,586
Jagajaga Montmorency Primary School Install a flagpole at the Montmorency Primary School. $2,000
Kooyong Carry On (Victoria) Publish an e-book about the history of the veteran support organisation, Carry On, to coincide with its 90th anniversary. $10,000
Mallee Manangatang RSL Sub‑Branch Install a commemorative seat in front of the Manangatang RSL Hall to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all Australian service personnel. $3,642
Monash Drouin Cemetery Trust Install a chain fence around the Remembrance Garden at Drouin Cemetery. $968
Nicholls Numurkah RSL Sub‑Branch Install a new plaque at Bearii Community Hall listing the names of locals who served in the First and Second World Wars. $5,000
Wannon Portland RSL Memorial Bowling Club Incorporated Install a new flagpole at the Portland RSL Memorial Bowling Club. $2,000
Terang RSL Sub-Branch Purchase six cabinets for installation at the Terang RSL Hall to display military memorabilia. $10,000
TOTAL $77,753
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Brand Mother Teresa Catholic College Construct a Memorial Garden at Mother Teresa Catholic College to commemorate those who have served for Australia. $5,000
Forrest Harvey and Districts Historical Society Purchase four cabinets for installation at the Harvey Museum to display wartime memorabilia and uniforms. $10,000
O'Connor Collie-Cardiff RSL Sub‑Branch Design a website to provide information on Collie’s military history. $5,000
Pearce Bethanie Group Incorporated Install a flagpole at the Bethanie Beachside Retirement Village in Yanchep. $2,000
TOTAL $22,000