Tuesday, 11 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


The contribution of Charles Edwin Woodrow (C.E.W) Bean, and of all the men and women who have reported on Australia’s experience of war, will be honoured with the construction of a new memorial to be located at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

The War Correspondents’ Memorial, which is scheduled for completion in 2015, will be dedicated to every Australian war correspondent, photographer, artist, and film and sound crew, and will encourage the public to reflect on the important role they have played in recording and documenting our military history.

Over the last century, many Australian war correspondents have risked their lives to ensure that the experiences of Australians serving in theatres of war can be shared with their families and loved ones who remained at home.

War correspondents have influenced the way that war is understood, and their work has informed both the writing of history, and the way that war is represented in museums and galleries across Australia. They have played an important role in helping Australians to understand the nature of wartime military service and what that service can mean for the men and women who have worn our country’s uniform.

To assist in the development of the memorial, the C.E.W Bean Foundation has secured two grants from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, receiving $100,000 under the Major Commemorative Grants category of the Saluting Their Service programme and $20,745 under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.

The memorial is one of four projects honouring the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women that will share in more than $342,000 in funding under the Major Commemorative Grants category of the Saluting Their Service programme.

For more information on applying for future grant funding visit DVA's grants webpage 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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