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Local community commemorative projects receive a boost

Friday 31 March, 2017

Source: The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Minister for Defence Personnel, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced that 55 community projects honouring Australia’s wartime history would receive more than $145,000 in funding.

Mr Tehan said the projects, funded under the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service grants program, would honour the service and sacrifice of the men and women who serve in defence of our nation.

“These grants help communities across the nation build and preserve memorials and undertake activities that teach younger generations about Australia’s wartime history,” Mr Tehan said.

“These projects are unique to the communities where they originate but they all embody the spirt of the Anzac legend and the values of courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice.”

Up to $4,000 is available for an individual project under the Community Commemorative Grants category of the program. This is a rolling grants program, so applications are accepted at any time.

“I encourage interested groups and organisations to review the grant guidelines and to submit a request for funding to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs along with the requested supporting documentation,” Mr Tehan said.

A list of grant recipients in each state is attached. All figures are GST free.

For more information about the Saluting Their Service program, contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Commemorative Grants team on 1800 026 185 or email



Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Paul Martin’s Australian Military History Lugarno Banks Purchase eight display cases for the display of wartime memorabilia to be used during educational displays 2,884
Operation Pilgrimage Group Ryde Bennelong Frame 11 portraits of Victoria Cross recipients for the travelling exhibition ‘In the Company of Heroes’ in South Australia and the Northern Territory 3,000
The 7th Australian Division AIF Association Bass Hill Blaxland Install a plaque commemorating the 7th Division AIF’s Battle Honours and Units on the Remembrance Wall in Bass Hill 2,500
Barham & District RSL Sub-branch Barham Farrer Restore and relocate a Bofor Gun from the Barham and District Memorial Club to the Barham Cenotaph 4,000
Wakool Soldier Settlers Memorial Walk Action Group Inc Wakool Farrer Restore the Wakool Community War Memorial 4,000
Goulburn High School Goulburn Hume Restore the First and Second World War honour boards at Goulburn High School 2,591
Mulwaree High School Remembrance Museum Goulburn Hume Upgrade the avenue of honour at Mulwaree High School by replacing seven damaged plaques 605
National Servicemen’s Association NSW Manning Valley Sub-branch Taree Lyne Install a monument commemorating two Victoria Cross recipients who lived and worked in the Manning Valley 3,741
Oxley Island Public School Oxley Island Lyne Restore the school’s First World War honour roll 2,509
Kootingal and District Preschool Inc Kootingal New England Purchase a flagpole to be installed at the Kootingal and District Preschool 495
Woolbrook Hall and Park Committee Woolbrook New England Refurbish and update two honour rolls and install an outdoor honour roll at Woolbrook AIF Hall 4,000
Woolbrook Hall and Park Committee Woolbrook New England Install a flagpole at Woolbrook AIF Hall to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration 1,500
Shortland RSL Sub-branch Shortland Newcastle Install a concrete pathway to improve access to the Shortland RSL Sub-branch Memorial 4,000
North Sydney RSL Sub-branch North Sydney North Sydney Upgrade the lighting at the North Sydney War Memorial 3,509
Lawrence Historical Society Incorporated Lawrence Page Purchase glass cabinets for the display of memorabilia at Lawrence Museum 1,874
South Grafton RSL Sub-branch South Grafton Page Refurbish the South Grafton Cenotaph 4,000
Integrated Servicepeople’s Association of Australia Inc Bethungra Riverina Refurbish the Bethungra Memorial Cenotaph 2,970
Integrated Servicepeople’s Association of Australia Inc Bethungra Riverina Purchase four glass cabinets for the display of memorabilia at the Bethungra Veterans Centre 2,996
Wagga Wagga RSL Sub-branch Wagga Wagga Riverina Update the Honour Roll on the Wagga Wagga War Memorial Wall 3,636
6 Australian Machine Gun Battalion Association Shellharbour Whitlam Replace a bronze plaque at the Bass Point Memorial in Shellharbour, NSW updating details of the servicemen listed 2,470
Total Grants – NSW – 20 Total $57,280



Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Naval Association of Australia Navy Women (WRANS-RAN) QLD Subsection Brisbane Brisbane Purchase two replacement banners for the Navy Women (WRANS-RAN) Qld to use on Anzac Day and ceremonial occasions 1,057
3rd Combat Signal Regiment Unit History Room Lavarack Barracks Herbert Purchase a cabinet for the display of memorabilia at the 3rd Combat Regiment Unit History Rooms at Lavarack Barracks, QLD 2,781
Buxton Friendship Association Buxton Hinkler Construct a new war memorial in Buxton, QLD to commemorate people from the area who have served in all wars and conflicts 3,172
Tully RSL Sub-branch Tully Kennedy Restore the immediate surrounds of the Tully Cenotaph to improve access and safety 4,000
Cairns State High School Parents & Citizens Association Cairns Leichhardt Install a plaque and a plinth at Cairns State High School commemorating those who have fallen in all wars 1,570
2RAR Association Inc Enoggera Ryan Hold an event on 19 May 2017, at Enoggera, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the deployment of 2RAR to South Vietnam 3,000
Toowong RSL Sub-branch Toowong Ryan Add a name to the First World War Memorial in Toowong Memorial Park, QLD 385
Kilkivan RSL Sub-branch Kilkivan Wide Bay Refurbish the flagpole and install pavers at Anzac Memorial Park, Kilkivan 1,003
Total Grants – QLD – 8 Total $16,968



Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
RAAF Association South Australian Division Adelaide Adelaide Publish a book entitled ‘Japan’s Air War Against Northern Australia 1942-45’ 3,000
Returned and Services League  SA Branch Inc. auspicing Free Thinking Productions Adelaide Adelaide Create an interactive mobile display in SA as part of a Pop Up Museum Project to engage young people in the history of the First World War 2,958
Bowhill Progress Association Bowhill Barker Enhance the Bowhill War Memorial by adding a granite rock, plaque and silhouette statues 4,000
National Servicemen’s Association of Australia South East Branch Mount Gambier Barker Replace vandalised plaques in the National Servicemen’s Park, Mount Gambier, SA 4,000
Tumby Bay RSL Sub-branch Tumby Bay Grey Restore two honour rolls listing men from the Tumby Bay District who enlisted and served during the First World War 1,496
Morphett Vale and District RSL Sub-branch Morphett Vale Kingston Establish a digital/video honour board at the Morphett Vale RSL Sub-branch to recognise residents of the local area and their family members who have served their country 3,240
Willunga & District RSL Sub-branch Willunga Mayo Purchase three glass cabinets for the display of memorabilia at Willunga RSL 2,700
Total Grants – SA – 7 Total $21,394



Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Circular Head RSL Centenary Committee Smithton Braddon Install a Vietnam War Memorial at Anzac Park in Smithton, TAS 3,636
Cygnet RSL Sub-branch Cygnet Franklin Install three plaques on the Cygnet Memorial commemorating three Victoria Cross recipients 4,000
Northern Midlands Council Ross Lyons Restore the cannon located at Ross War Memorial 2,727
Port Sorell Defence Memorial Committee Port Sorell Lyons Install a new memorial in Pioneer Park to commemorate the men and women who served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations 4,000
Port Sorell Defence Memorial Committee Port Sorell Lyons Hold the official opening of the Port Sorell Defence Memorial 1,555
Total Grants – TAS – 5 Total $15,918



Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
National Servicemen’s Association of Australia Geelong & District Sub-branch Inverleigh & Bannockburn Corangamite Install plaques in Inverleigh and Bannockburn commemorating National Servicemen 1,580
Christian College Bellarine Drysdale Corio Install three murals at the Christian College Bellarine commemorating men and women from the Bellarine Peninsula who served during the First World War 2,727
Western Port Oberon Association Inc Crib Point Flinders Purchase and install a cabinet at the Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point, VIC for the display of memorabilia 2,727
Footscray Football Club Limited Bulldogs Museum West Footscray Gellibrand Install a First World War honour board at the Bulldogs Museum commemorating past players who lost their lives during the war 591
Victorian Association of Jewish Ex & Servicemen & Women Australia Inc Caulfield South Goldstein Restore and upgrade the First World War and Second World War honour boards at the Lamm Jewish Library 1,850
Exford Primary School Exford Gorton Install a flagpole at the school to fly the Australian National flag on days of commemoration 1,169
Everton Hall & Sportsground Complex Committee Everton Indi Install a flagpole at the Everton War Memorial to fly the Australian National Flag on days of commemoration 750
Wodonga City Council Wodonga Indi Update the names on the honour rolls located at the Wodonga Library and the Wodonga RSL 3,455
Flemington Kensington RSL Sub-branch Kensington Melbourne Purchase frames to display commemorative photographs at Flemington & Kensington RSL Club in Kensington, VIC 2,727
The Battle for Australia Foundation in Victoria Melbourne Melbourne Ports Hold the Battle for Australia ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Milne Bay 2,727
Woodhouse / Nareeb Soldier Memorial Hall and Reserve Nareeb Wannon Install new servicemen and women name plaques at the Woodhouse / Nareeb Nostalgia Grove in Nareeb, VIC 1,340
Total Grants – VIC – 11 Total $21,643



Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
Old Fairbridgians Association Inc Fairbridge Canning Restore the Kingsley Fairbridge Farm School Honour Roll 2,987
11th Battalion Living History Unit Northern Gully Durack Install a memorial in Northern Gully, WA commemorating the 11th Battalion AIF 4,000
Cookernup Community Association Cookernup Forrest Restore two honour boards in the Cookernup Community Hall 2,112
Esperance RSL Sub-branch Esperance O’Connor Add plaques commemorating East Timor, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Gulf War to the Esperance War Memorial in WA 3,256
Total Grants – WA – 4 Total $12,355

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