Saluting their Service Grants announced

Saturday, May 8 2021

The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel

HISTORICAL societies and local Returned and Services Leagues (RSLs) are among the successful recipients of the latest round of Saluting Their Service (STS) Grantsto deliver commemorative projects and activities across Australia.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the wide range of projects to receive funding in this round demonstrated that commemoration remained at the forefront of the minds of the Australian community.

“More than $1.2 million has been provided in this round of STS grants to help local towns and cities remember their veteran community, both past and present, and their contribution in serving our country for over a century,” Mr Chester said.

“For example, this funding will see murals and artworks placed on the exterior walls of the Corryong Memorial, the establishment of a peace garden at the Moore Soldiers Memorial Hall and the installation of various plaques at key local sites of commemoration.

“The large number of diverse projects highlights the continued desire by the community to commemorate all those who have served and continue to serve in our Defence Forces.

“I congratulate all those organisations who received funding as part of the latest round of STS grants and encourage organisations across the nation with projects seeking to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of our service personnel to consider applying for funding in future grant rounds.”

The STS grants program aims to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage; involve people around the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of our service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations; and promote appreciation and understanding of the experiences of service and the roles that those who served have played in shaping the nation.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs administers the STS grants, with $3.5 million provided over the last financial year. Applications for the next batch of STS grants are now being accepted. For more information, visit the STS page on the Grants Hub or the DVA website.

A full list of grants recipients is below.

ENDS

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Office of the Hon Darren Chester, Canberra ACT

Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants Program – 2020/21 Batch 3

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Canberra Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex‑Servicemen and Women Association Purchase two wreaths to lay at the Australian War Memorial last post ceremony on 6 June 2021 to commemorate those killed in action during the Battle of Long Khanh. $200
Wanderers Branch RAAF Association NSW Install a plaque at the Royal Australian Air Force Memorial Grove in Canberra to commemorate the Air Transportable Telecommunications Unit and No 1 Combat Communications Squadron. $1,710
Total for the ACT $1,910
NEW SOUTH WALES
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Calare Millthorpe and District Historical Society Purchase a mannequin, Light Horse Trooper uniform and replica gun and install a cabinet to display the items. $5,099
Millthorpe Village Committee Inc. Install an additional flagpole at the Millthorpe memorial wall. $715
Update the Millthorpe and District roll of honour plaque. $820
Dubbo Regional Council Install fencing at the Bodangora war memorial. $2,332
Spring Hill Activities Group Incorporated Purchase and install additional plaques commemorating local service personnel on the Alfred Reed Park commemorative wall. $10,000
Cowper Frank Partridge VC Military Museum Incorporated Restore two military vehicles for display in the Frank Partridge VC Military Museum. $9,090
Kempsey Family History Group Incorporated Publish 200 copies of a book entitled ‘Macleay Valley Brothers in Arms 1914-1918’. $1,881
National Servicemen’s Association of NSW Port Macquarie/Hastings Sub-Branch Inc. Install a protective fence around the memorial in McInherney Park, Port Macquarie $1,155
Cook Shire Military History Club Install interpretive signage at Lilli Pilli oval about the radar station on the site during the Second World War. $2,350
Cunningham Illawarra Historical Society Inc. Conserve Wolseley Pith Helmet worn during the First World War. $2,000
Eden-Monaro Bega Valley Shire Council Replace the First World War memorial plaque at Wandella Hall. $1,380
Cooma Monaro RSL Sub-Branch Restore the garden surrounding the Nimmitabel cenotaph. $2,500
Wandella Function Centre Memorial Fund Reprint 200 copies of a publication entitled ‘Wandella Warriors’. $5,720
Farrer Tocumwal RSL Sub‑Branch Commission a new concrete plinth to mount the Sub‑Branch’s artillery field gun. $8,000
Gilmore Culburra Beach-Orient Point RSL Sub-Branch Redevelop the Culburra Beach war memorial. $10,000
Huskisson Public School Parents and Citizens Association Install commemorative panels to commemorate Australian service personnel who have served in all wars, conflicts and peace operations. $10,000
Hume Exeter Village Association Install pavers, bollards and steel edging at the Exeter war memorial. $5,000
Lyne Karuah RSL Sub-Branch Construct and install ten cabinets at the Karuah RSL Club to display military uniforms. $6,707
Macarthur Willowdale Retirement Village Construct a new memorial with flagpole at Willowdale Retirement Village. $6,045
New England Guyra Garden Club Install plaques in Guyra Memorial Park to commemorate the service and sacrifice of local defence personnel in all wars, conflicts and peace operations. $10,000
National Servicemen's Association of Australia NSW Branch Incorporated Publish a book outlining the four different National Service schemes in Australia from 1911 to 1972. $8,000
Gwydir Shire Council Contribute to costs associated with the annual Bingara Orange Festival that commemorates local service personnel who died in the First and Second World Wars. $5,000
Newcastle Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Purchase and install new flagpoles at the front of St John’s Primary School. $1,906
Newcastle Industrial Heritage Association Inc. Contribute to the development of an online educational resource about significant military sites in Newcastle during the Second World War. $58,000
North Sydney Anglican Parish Hunters Hill Digitise the All Saints’ Hunters Hill Parish Second World War honour roll. $1,300
Parkes Mendooran RSL Sub‑Branch Repair and install new lighting at the Mendooran cenotaph, conduct maintenance on an existing Lone Pine Tree and plant a new Lone Pine Tree. $3,000
Constructive Farming Co-Operative Limited Restore the avenue of honour at Narromine that commemorates Royal Australian Air Force personnel from the Second World War. $3,970
Paterson Thornton Public School Complete the school’s memorial garden by installing sandstone blocks and two plaques to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australia’s Indigenous and Royal Australian Air Force service personnel. $5,000
Riverina Cowra Shire Council Create a short film drawing on virtual reality technology to illustrate the story of the Cowra Prisoner of War camp during the Second World War. $9,800
Wentworth Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club Incorporated Conserve the Second World War ‘Grand Old Flag’. $10,000
Whitlam Australian Aviation Hall of Fame Limited Install cabinets to display information on Australia’s aviation military heritage at the Historical Aviation Restoration Society facility at Shell Harbour airport. $9,600
Warilla RSL Sub-Branch Restore the Sub-Branch’s memorial. $5,984
Total for NSW $222,354
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Lingiari Tennant Creek RSL Sub‑Branch Inc. Commission a new honour board to commemorate locals who have served in wars, conflicts and peace operations. $2,300
Supply and install a new cabinet at the Tennant Creek RSL to display wartime memorabilia. $3,000
Install a flagpole at the Tennant Creek RSL main memorial. $2,000
Historical Society of Katherine Inc. Commission an interpretive scale model (diorama) of the Katherine Railway Precinct for display at the Katherine Museum depicting the military railway headquarters, workshops and assets established in Katherine after the initial bombing in Darwin during the Second World War. $44,220
Solomon National Trust of Australia - Northern Territory Construct a new memorial in the Myilly Point Heritage Precinct to commemorate the bombing of Darwin and all subsequent air raids on the Northern Territory from 1942-1943. $9,000
Royal Australian Artillery Association (Northern Territory) Inc. Restore and relocate two six-inch coastal defence guns used in the First and Second World Wars for display at the Darwin Military Museum. $10,000
Palmerston RSL Club Incorporated Replace the flagpole at the Palmerston Memorial Park. $1,687
Total for the NT $72,207
QUEENSLAND
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Blair Moore Soldiers Memorial Hall Association Inc. Establish a peace garden at the Moore Soldiers Memorial Hall to commemorate Australian defence personnel who served during the First World War. $10,000
Mount Crosby State School P&C Association Install two new flagpoles in the memorial garden near the entrance to the school. $2,000
Ripley Valley State Secondary College P&C Association Add a metal silhouette, plaque and mural to the school’s existing memorial to commemorate the 100th anniversary since the formation of the Royal Australian Air Force. $10,000
Pine Mountain District War Memorial Group Install a new fence and an additional plaque at the Pine Mountain war memorial to commemorate the service and sacrifice of locals who served in the Second World War. $9,000
Bonner Guardian Angels School Parents and Friends Association Contribute to the construction of a new memorial at the school to commemorate Australian service personnel who have served in all wars, conflicts and peace operations. $10,000
Manly-Lota RSL Sub‑Branch  Install six plaques and plinths containing information on the First and Second World Wars and the Vietnam and Korean Wars at the Manly war memorial. $10,000
Queensland Services Heritage Band Association Restore a euphonium played by the Anzac Mounted Division Band whilst serving in the Middle East during the First World War. $9,570
Queensland Rifle Association Incorporated Contribute to stage two of the expansion to the Armistice Centenary War Memorial at the Belmont Shooting Complex, which will broaden the focus of the memorial from the First World War to all wars, conflicts and peace operations. $27,205
Bowman Redland Museum Inc. Install a new flagpole and restore two existing historic flagpoles located at the Redland Museum.  $964
Dawson Alligator Creek Bowls Club Restore the Alligator Creek memorial and install a new wall. $10,000
Home Hill RSL Sub‑Branch Publish a book to commemorate service personnel from the Home Hill region who served during the Second World War. $4,000
Fadden Mother Teresa Primary School Install flagpoles at the school. $2,000
Flynn Boyne Tannum RSL Sub‑Branch Install cabinets at the Tannum Sands RSL Community Hall to display wartime memorabilia. $9,872
Griffith Bulimba District Historical Society Inc. Recreate a memorial depicting a Spandau 9mm water-cooled machine gun and install it at the Bulimba Library. $10,000
Groom Kingsthorpe State School P&C Association Construct a new memorial at the entrance to the school to commemorate Australian service personnel in all wars, conflicts and peace operations. $10,000
Hinkler Bundaberg Legacy Inc. Install a flagpole at the Bundaberg Legacy building. $2,000
Kennedy Atherton RSL Sub‑Branch Construct a new memorial at the Atherton RSL to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australia’s defence personnel in Afghanistan. $88,182
Leichhardt Port Douglas Football Club Inc. Install three flagpoles at the Port Douglas Sports Complex. $2,000
Lilley Sandgate RSL Sub‑Branch Refurbish the Sub-Branch’s memorial garden. $4,780
Maranoa Southern Downs Ex‑Services Association Queensland Incorporated Install a new flagpole and refurbish the memorial area in Warwick. $1,844
Charleville RSL Sub‑Branch Contribute to the establishment of an exhibition to commemorate the contribution of outback Australian service personnel in all wars, conflicts and peace operation. $124,695
McPherson Currumbin Palm Beach RSL Sub-Branch Install a new flagpole at the Currumbin Palm Beach RSL Club. $2,000
Oxley Pipes and Drums National Servicemen’s Memorial Band Inc. Purchase uniforms in the ‘Cameron of Erracht tartan’ fabric for the band to wear when performing. $10,000
Ryan Toowong RSL Sub‑Branch Install interpretive panels with QR codes along the Toowong Military History Discovery Trail. $10,000
Wide Bay Gympie RSL Sub-Branch Restore the memorial gates and stonework at the entrance to Gympie Memorial Park. $10,000
Mary Valley RSL Sub‑Branch Restore the Kadanga memorial and upgrade the Imbil war memorial clock. $10,000
Maryborough Military Aviation Museum Association Inc. Install three flagpoles at the Maryborough Military Aviation Museum Complex. $2,000
Restore a DH82 Tiger Moth aircraft to be displayed at the Maryborough Military Aviation Museum. $10,000
Wright Peace Lutheran Primary School Install a flagpole in the school’s memorial garden. $2,000
Total for Queensland $414,112
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Barker Waikerie RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated Develop a website to display information of service personnel from the Waikerie District. $936
Install five cabinets at the Waikerie RSL Sub-Branch to display wartime memorabilia. $9,064
Barker Robe RSL Sub-Branch Build and install a purpose built cabinet to display wartime memorabilia. $2,800
Grey District Council of Cleve Install two memorial chairs at the Cleve war memorial.  $5,608
Minlaton Service Group Incorporated Restore a 25 pound Howitzer field gun displayed at the Minlaton war memorial. $9,427
Port Broughton RSL Sub‑Branch Install lighting at the Port Broughton war memorial. $5,000
Port Pirie Regional Council Commission a mural at the Port Pirie Aerodrome to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Royal Australian Air Force personnel. $10,000
Saddleworth District Community Association Incorporated Restore the Saddleworth war memorial. $8,070
Wakefield Regional Council Relocate the Blyth war memorial. $4,000
Friends of Yantanabie Incorporated Install cabinets in the Yantanabie Memorial Hall to display wartime memorabilia. $7,388
Hindmarsh Largs Bay RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated Restore the mural painted on the Sub-Branch’s building. $10,000
Makin The Pines School Install three flagpoles at the entrance to the school. $2,000
Mayo Kangaroo Island Council Interview ex-service personnel who reside on Kangaroo Island and create a short documentary to be displayed at Kingscote Town Hall. $7,200
Myponga Memorial Hall Incorporated Install a flagpole and establish a memorial garden at Myponga Hall. $7,000
Nairne RSL Sub-Branch Restore the First and Second World War honour rolls in the Nairne Soldiers Memorial Hall. $6,900
Oakbank Soldiers Memorial Hall Incorporated Install a new flagpole at the Oakbank Soldiers Memorial Hall. $1,800
Penneshaw Progress Association Incorporated Restore the Second World War Penneshaw honour board displayed in the Penneshaw Town Hall. $6,600
Tooperang War Memorial Hall Incorporated Construct a new retaining wall and a new concrete area at the back of the Tooperang war memorial. $5,000
Sturt City of Burnside Install additional plaques in the Rose Park memorial to commemorate locals who served in the First World War and install interpretive signage to provide information on the significance of the site. $6,337
Total for South Australia $115,130
TASMANIA
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Bass St Patricks River Valley Progress Association Inc. Install commemorative signage at the Nunamara Memorial Hall. $2,200
Clark Point Assist Pty Ltd Host an exhibition entitled Point and Shoot in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport showcasing ex-service personnel from Tasmania. $9,500
Franklin Woodbridge Community Association Install five plaques with the Navy, Army, Air Force, Australian Women’s Service and the Merchant Navy Association crests to a memorial wall in the Village Green Park. $9,000
Lyons Fairview Primary School Install a flagpole at the school. $902
Construct a new war memorial at the school to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian service personnel in all wars, conflicts and peace operations. $8,210
Total for Tasmania $29,812
VICTORIA
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Ballarat Catholic Diocese of Ballarat Restore a travelling altar used during the First World War. $7,083
Bendigo Harcourt Valley Primary School Install two flagpoles at the school. $2,000
Langley Primary School Install three new flagpoles and establish a memorial garden with plaque at the school to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australia's service personnel. $7,000
Cooper Holy Spirit School - Thornbury East Install two flagpoles at the school. $2,000
Corangamite Portarlington and St Leonards RSL Sub-Branch Inc. Install a new honour board in the Portarlington and St Leonards RSL Hall to commemorate local post Second World War service personnel. $2,008
Corio City of Greater Geelong Contribute to the reconstruction of the Singapore, Malay and Borneo conflicts memorial in St Helens Park, Geelong. $10,000
Clonard College Construct a memorial garden at the college to commemorate nurses who have served for Australia in all wars, conflicts and peace operations. $5,000
Gippsland Morwell RSL Sub-Branch Inc. Install a plaque near the Traralgon Secondary College flagpole to commemorate students who served in the Vietnam War. $2,895
Higgins East Malvern RSL Sub‑Branch Construct a new memorial at the Sub-Branch to commemorate all wars, conflicts and peace operations post First World War. $10,000
Melbourne Anglican Trust Corporation Restore the Soldiers’ War Memorial at St John’s Anglican Church, Toorak $10,000
Indi Corryong and District Memorial Public Hall Inc. Commission a series of murals and artworks on the exterior walls of the Corryong Memorial and RSL precinct to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian service personnel in various wars, conflicts and peace operations. $10,000
Tatong Public Hall and Public Recreation Reserve Install a plaque on the front of the Tatong Memorial Hall to commemorate Australian service personnel from the local area. $5,645
Isaacs Kingston Heath Primary School Install flagpoles at the front of the school. $2,000
Mordialloc College Alumni Association Inc. Install an honour board at the college to commemorate the service and sacrifice of past students and staff. $5,080
Mentone RSL Sub-Branch Inc. Restore two Second World War anti-aircraft guns displayed in the Sub-Branch’s memorial gardens. $10,000
Lalor Tarneit Senior College Supply and install flagpoles in the school’s central courtyard. $2,000
Mallee Lions Club Of Lake Boga Inc. Contribute to a project that will record the experiences of ex-service personnel who served at the Lake Boga Flying Boat Base during the Second World War and create interactive displays and presentations throughout the Flying Boat Museum. $50,000
McEwen Sunbury RSL Sub-Branch Purchase and install two cabinets at the Sunbury Memorial Hall to display wartime memorabilia. $7,253
Nicholls Lions Club of Toolamba Incorporated Construct a new memorial near the Toolamba Community Hall to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian defence personnel in all wars, conflicts and peace operations. $7,008
Murchison Primary School Construct two stone pillars at the new entrance to the school to commemorate students who served in the First World War. $9,999
Wannon Dennington Community Association Incorporated Update the Dennington memorial to include the names of local service personnel who served in the Second World War. $9,600
Stawell Primary School Supply and install three flagpoles at the school. $2,000
Total for Victoria $178,571
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Electorate Recipient Funding description Amount $
Burt Kelmscott - Pinjarra 10th Light Horse Memorial Troop Inc. Redevelop the Troop’s website. $10,000
Cowan Wanneroo RSL Sub‑Branch Install new cabinets at the Sub-Branch to display wartime memorabilia. $9,750
Curtin UWA Historical Society Collect oral histories of University of Western Australia staff, students and graduates who served in the Vietnam War. $7,000
Durack Jennacubbine Progress Association Incorporated Erect a statue of a mounted light horse with soldier at the Jennacubbine memorial. $10,000
Shire of Tammin Install a roll of honour in Tammin Memorial Park to commemorate local service personnel who served in conflicts post First World War. $8,900
HMAS Sydney and Vietnam Logistical Support Veterans Association Inc. Contribute toward the 'Freedom of Entry March' and 'Service at Sea' initiatives to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the loss of the HMAS Sydney II during the Second World War. $48,800
Fremantle Jandakot Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Install a flagpole in front of the Jandakot Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade station. $1,295
HMAS Perth (I) Memorial Foundation Incorporated Construct a new memorial to commemorate the Battle of Sunda Strait and the service and sacrifice of HMAS Perth I crew. $87,673
O'Connor Shire of Manjimup Install a commemorative glass wall art panel and glass inlays at the Pemberton RSL building. $6,863
Pearce Parkland Villas Ellenbrook Residents' Association Inc. Install a plaque and two flagpoles to complete a memorial garden at the Parkland Villa Retirement Village, Ellenbrook. $1,500
Swan City of Belmont RSL Sub‑Branch Install a plaque on the City of Belmont war memorial to commemorate the service and sacrifice of local First Nation people and hold an event to unveil the plaque. $3,000
Harold Hawthorne Senior Citizens' Centre and Homes Inc. Install a cabinet to protect plaques and display wartime memorabilia at the Harold Hawthorne memorial hall and install an acrylic photographic mural. $8,416
Total for Western Australia $203,197
Total Nationwide $1,237,293

 

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