Grants help preserve Australia's Wartime heritage

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COMMUNITY groups and organisations across the country committed to preserving Australia's wartime heritage will share in more than $1 million in funding through the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester said the recipients of this round of grant funding were making a vital contribution to preserving our military history and bringing the community together through projects and activities that commemorate our service personnel.   

"Community-led commemorative projects play a very important part in helping Australians learn about the crucial role of our service personnel and recognising their courage and sacrifice in serving our nation," Mr Chester said. 

"These grants will assist local communities, from funding restoration work and flagpole installations, to supporting theatre performances and online commemorative websites, which are just some of the projects receiving support this round."

The coronavirus pandemic represents a significant challenge for many grant recipients. The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) recognises the impact on projects due to social distancing and other public health measures in place across the country.

"There are a number of challenges that need to be overcome this year, in particular for those wanting to hold events and commemorative activities, and we as a government are aware of the need for extra support for recipients and have made provisions for that," Mr Chester said.

"DVA is committed to working with recipients who are affected to extend their funding agreements so they have more time to complete their projects, or find alternative options.

"These projects will leave a lasting legacy in communities and educate the next generation – helping to solidify the memory of Australian service men and women."

Further information on the Saluting Their Service grants can be accessed on the Community Grants Hub website. For a list of recipients, see below.

SALUTING THEIR SERVICE GRANT RECIPIENTS

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Electorate

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Canberra

Officer Training Unit Class 1/70 care of William Moss

Enable a performance at Old Parliament House commemorating National Service and the 'marble draw'.

$10,000

Canberra

University of New South Wales

Create an interactive commemorative website entitled 'Australians in Bomber Command'.

$102,180

Total Grants – ACT - 2

Total $112,180

 

NEW SOUTH WALES 

Electorate

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Barton

Arncliffe RSL Sub‑Branch

Restore the Arncliffe Park memorial.

$8,240

Blaxland

International Maarif Schools of Australia Gallipoli Campus

Install a flagpole at the Turkish Maarif school, Auburn.

$2,000

Cook

Miranda Public School

Enable the research of Indigenous service personnel's involvement in all wars, conflicts and peace operations since the Second World War.

$6,750

Hume

Goulburn Agricultural Pastoral and Horticultural Society Incorporated

Purchase and install a flagpole at the Goulburn Recreation Area Showgrounds.

$2,000

Hunter

Kearsley Community Dawn Service Incorporated

Purchase indoor flagpoles for Kearsley Community Hall.

$470

Lyne

Gloucester RSL Sub‑Branch

Update an honour board to include the names of local service personnel who served during the Second World War and subsequent wars, conflicts and peace operations.

$4,000

New England

Uralla Historical Society Inc.

Curate a museum display incorporating information and memorabilia of local service personnel who served during the First World War.

$9,308

Page

Ulmarra P&C Association

Install two new flagpoles at the school.

$2,000

Parkes

Sunset Strip Progress Association Incorporated

Construct a wall to mount a replicated honour roll and install a new flagpole at the Sunset Strip war memorial.

$6,862

Parkes

Trangie United Services Memorial Club Ltd.

Restore and repair a period cannon from the Second World War

$6,600

Parramatta

New South Wales Lancers Memorial Museum Incorporated

Purchase wartime nurse uniforms for the secondary schools history program.

$1,511

Paterson

Lions Club of Raymond Terrace Inc.

Contribute to the 'Art Bollard Project' which will commemorate local service personnel from Raymond Terrace.

$1,800

Paterson

Tomaree Museum Association Incorporated

Digitise Second World War materials related to Port Stephens for publication on the Tomaree Museum website. 

$10,000

Riverina

Coolamon RSL Sub‑Branch

Restore two First World War captured German guns and reposition them at the Coolamon War Memorial.

$8,700

Riverina

Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council

Contribute to the upgrade of Albert Park Memorial precinct upgrade.

$10,000

Riverina

National Servicemen's Association Wagga Wagga and District Incorporated

Erect a Light Horse Memorial in the Wagga Wagga Victory Memorial Gardens.

$150,000

Riverina

Temora Aviation Museum Incorporated

Enable an interactive online self-guided virtual reality tour of the museum.

$51,360

Robertson

Central Coast Council

Restore the Woy Woy War Memorial.

$10,000

Warringah

Friends of Freshwater Incorporated

Contribute to stage three of the Soldiers Avenue of Honour refurbishment project.

$10,000

Total Grants - NSW - 19

Total $301,601

 

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY 

Electorate

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Lingiari

St Philip's College Alice Springs Limited

Construct a wall and mount interpretive signage which commemorates the service and sacrifice of local military personnel.

$10,000

Total Grants - NT - 1

Total $10,000

QUEENSLAND

Electorate

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Brisbane

42 For 42 Incorporated

Install a new war memorial garden with statues and information panels adjacent the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane to commemorate Australian service personnel who served during the Afghanistan conflict.

$90,000

Capricornia

Emu Park RSL Sub‑Branch Inc.

Install a plaque to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Second World War on the Emu Park cenotaph.

$755

Dawson

Whitsunday Regional Council

Replace the existing Proserpine cenotaph at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre to commemorate the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War.

$67,000

Fadden

North Gold Coast RSL Sub-Branch

Install additional plaques to commemorate Australian service personnel at the Helensvale Remembrance Park.

$6,000

Flynn

Boondooma Museum and Heritage Association Inc.

Install additional commemorative plaques for First World War Soldiers and a new memorial garden at Boondooma Homestead.

$7,831

Flynn

Bororen State School

Install two flagpoles in the school's war memorial garden and conduct landscaping.

$3,000

Groom

Friends of 42nd Street Memorial Incorporated

Redesign and publish a brochure on the Battle of 42nd Street.

$4,811

Kennedy

Silkwood State School

Install two plaques and a flagpole at the school to commemorate Australian service personnel in all wars, conflicts and peace operations.

$2,236

Lilley

Battle for Australia Commemoration Committee (Qld) Inc.

Contribute to costs for the Battle for Australia 75th anniversary commemorative event at Chermside Historical Precinct.

$5,400

Maranoa

Roma RSL Sub-Branch

Contribute to the Roma cenotaph precinct upgrade.

$10,000

Maranoa

Roma RSL Sub-Branch

Contribute to the construction of new permanent glass display cabinets to display uniforms and Vietnam war memorabilia.

$10,000

Maranoa

Taabinga State School

Upgrade the existing memorial area in the school grounds and restore the monument.

$10,000

Rankin

Greenbank RSL Sub‑Branch

Contribute to the refurbishment the Greenbank RSL Sub-Branch memorial gardens.

$96,000

Wide Bay

Murgon RSL Sub-Branch Inc.

Construct a statue of a Second World War digger next to the memorial clock tower to commemorate service personnel from the surrounding districts.

$43,950

Wright

Forest Hill Primary P&C Association

Restore the Forest Hill State School First World War honour board.

$6,550

Total Grants - QLD - 15

Total $363,533

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Electorate

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Adelaide

Adelaide Community Healthcare Alliance Incorporated

Construct a life size sculpture of a nurse in uniform on a park bench with a Digger's hat on her lap and a welcoming outstretched hand.

$10,000

Adelaide

Friends of the Prospect Library

Create a memorial walk to commemorate service personnel from the area who lost their lives in the First World War.

$3,045

Adelaide

Legacy Club of South Australia and Broken Hill Incorporated

Contribute to costs associated with the Legacy South Australia Remembrance Walk and photographic display.

$10,000

Barker

Southend Progress Association Inc.

Install a flagpole to fly the Aboriginal Flag.

$1,800

Grey

Laura Community Development and Tourism Association Incorporated

Construct six metal artworks to commemorate local service personnel for installation at the Laura Community War Memorial.

$10,000

Sturt

6 RAR Association

Publish a book entitled 'History of the Sixth Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR) Volume I 1965-1970'.

$10,000

Total Grants - SA - 6

Total $44,845

 


 

TASMANIA 

Electorate

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Braddon

Devonport RSL Sub‑Branch Inc.

Commission an artist to paint a mural dedicated to the service and sacrifice of Australia's service personnel in all wars, conflicts and peace operations.

$3,500

Clark

Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex‑Servicemen

Restore a First World War honour board for display at North Hobart Football Oval.

$4,000

Franklin

Kingborough Council

Upgrade the Kettering Cenotaph.

$500

Total Grants - TAS - 3

Total $8,000

VICTORIA

Electorate

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Casey

Badger Creek Hall Committee of Management Incorporated

Publish 67 biographies on First World War service personnel from the Badger Creek community.

$2,000

Casey

Dandenong Ranges Music Council Inc.

Produce two short music videos to commemorate Australian service personnel involvement in the Vietnam War.

$10,000

Casey

Wandin North Primary School

Install a new flagpole in the school's memorial garden.

$915

Gippsland

Yinnar Primary School

Install a flagpole at the school.

$2,000

La Trobe

Nar Nar Goon RSL Sub‑Branch

Install new plaques and plinths dedicated to local service personnel and the tri-services at the Nar Nar Goon RSL Memorial Park. 

$9,854

Macnamara

Victorian Association of World War 2 Veterans from the Ex-Soviet Union

Contribute to the construction of a new memorial to commemorate Arctic Convoys of the Second World War.

$10,000

McEwen

Sunbury Cemetery Trust

Construct a Light Horse Brigade soldier and horse monument at Sunbury Cemetery.

$10,000

McEwen

Upper Plenty Mechanics Institute Hall Association Inc.

Replace two honour boards from the First and Second World Wars.

$9,650

Monash

Major Projects Foundation Ltd.

Conduct a survey and media campaign of S.S Cambridge to create community awareness of the service and sacrifice of the Merchant Navy during the Second World War.

$26,943

Total Grants - VIC - 9

Total $81,362

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Electorate

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Durack

Shire of Bruce Rock

Construct a new memorial dedicated to the service and sacrifice of Australian military personnel in all wars, conflicts and peace operations.

$25,000

Moore

Returned and Services League of Australia - WA State Branch

Contribute to the restoration of the Joondalup War Memorial.

$10,000

O'Connor

Albany RSL Sub-Branch

Contribute to costs associated with the commemorative event for the 75th Anniversary of the end of Second World War.

$2,315

O'Connor

Country Women's Association of Western Australia

Construct a structure to house information panels commemorating the service and sacrifice of local military personnel who served during the Second World War.

$7,120

O'Connor

Shire of Kent

Upgrade the Pingrup War Memorial to commemorate local service personnel who served during the First and Second World Wars.

$6,305

Perth

Returned and Services League of Australia - WA State Branch

Update the West Australian State War Memorial with missing names, and make alterations to current names on the memorial.

$83,715

Swan

Canning District RSL Sub‑Branch

Install an additional flagpole in the Sub-Branch's commemorative garden.

$2,000

Total Grants - WA - 7

Total $136,455

 

 
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