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JOINT PRESS RELEASE – MINISTER KEOGH & ASSISTANT MINISTER THISTLETHWAITE – GRANTS HONOUR OUR VETERANS AND PRESERVE HISTORY

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THE HON MATT KEOGH MP

Minister for VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

MINISTER FOR DEFENCE PERSONNEL

 

THE HON MATT THISTLETHWAITE MP

ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR DEFENCE

ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR THE REPUBLIC

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

GRANTS HONOUR OUR VETERANS AND PRESERVE HISTORY

Ninety community organisations, ex-service organisations, schools, and councils across Australia will receive a share in more than $1 million in grants through the latest round of the Albanese Government's Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program.

These grants support essential local projects that commemorate the enduring service and sacrifices of our veterans and preserve Australia's rich military history.

Grants have been awarded to large-scale projects such as the Australian National Veterans Arts Museum, which will host a commemorative art exhibition for the veteran community, through to local activities such as renovations and upgrades to the Soldiers Room at Mount Morgan Citizen's Club.

Saluting Their Service is an ongoing national program. Applications for the next grant round are now open until 20 June, encouraging ongoing community participation in honouring our veterans.

A wide range of organisations can apply for grants, including ex-service organisations, community groups, schools, and local councils. Two grant categories are available:

  • Community Grants: Up to $10,000 for local, community-based commemorative activities.
  • Major Grants: Between $10,001 and $150,000 for significant commemorative projects with national, state, territory, or regional impact.

To find out more, or apply for a grant, visit: www.grants.gov.au.

 

Quotes Attributable to the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Matt Keogh MP:

“Saluting Their Service grants support local communities undertake projects that recognise and commemorate the service and sacrifice of our Defence personnel, veterans and their families.”

“Many older communities around Australia have cenotaphs and memorials dating back to World War I, but as an ever growing country we need to ensure Australia’s history is understood, and modern conflicts, and the service of modern veterans is recognised.”

“Australia’s service personnel come from all corners of our vast nation, this program ensures that the stories of local heroes are known, and recognised.”

“There are several significant commemorations in 2024, including the 25th Anniversary of INTERFET and the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. I would encourage anyone thinking about a project commemorating these two significant events in Australia’s military history to apply.”

 

Quotes attributed to the Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP:

“Community projects help ensure Australia's veterans' service and sacrifices are eternally remembered. The quality of applications this round reflects a genuine commitment to commemoration, blending respect, creativity, and innovation.”

“We thank everyone who dedicated themselves to applying for grants. Your efforts to honour our veterans are truly appreciated.”

“For those interested, submit your applications in the next round and contribute to the lasting legacy of our veterans.”

 

TUESDAY, 5 MARCH 2024

 

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Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program 2023‑24, Batch 2

 

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Royal Australian Artillery Historical Company

Publishing and promotion of the book “ACTION-ACTION-ACTION - The Essential History of the Employment of Australian Artillery 1871 to 2021”.

$22,863

Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association ACT Division

Install a plaque at the Royal Australian Air Force Memorial Grove in Canberra to commemorate the Number 1 Squadron.

$4,320

450 Squadron RAAF Association Incorporated

Install a plaque at the Royal Australian Air Force Memorial Grove in Canberra to commemorate the No. 450 Squadron.

$4,852

A Battery Association Incorporated

Purchase of banners and wreaths for participation in the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration activities by the A Battery Association.

$2,870

TOTAL

$34,905

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Bayside Council

Install brass handrails to stairs leading up to the Arncliffe Memorial Park cenotaph.

$8,130

The Scout Association of Australia New South Wales Branch

Install a replacement flagpole at 4th Kingsgrove Scouts, NSW.

$1,240

Bonville Public Hall Reserve Land Manager

Install two captured First World War machine guns in the Bonville Memorial Hall.

$8,864

Nareena Hills Parents and Citizens Association

Create a dedicated commemorative space at Nareena Hills Primary School.

$10,000

Berinba Public School

Install flagpoles and a memorial garden at Berinba Public School, NSW.

$4,000

Heather Kerr

Replace the existing glass covering of a 1914-1919 Honour Board.

$1,580

Woolpack Inn Museum Holbrook Incorporated

Restoration of the War Room in the Woolpack Inn Museum in Holbrook, NSW.

$9,387

Macquarie United Sub Junior Rugby League Football Club

Install flagpoles at Keith Barry Oval, Toronto, NSW.

$2,000

Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association Inc.

Contribute to the upgrade of the Rathmines memorial area.

$10,000

Bayside Council

Install brass handrails to stairs leading up to the Mascot Park War Memorial cenotaph.

$8,130

Gloucester RSL Sub-Branch (NSW Branch)

Repair cracks in the concrete plinths and repainting the Gloucester Memorial Clock Towers.

$5,208

Friends of the Schoolmasters House Incorporated

Install a bronze plaque to commemorate local Ash Island service personnel.

$2,400

Paulette Sansey

Publish a book entitled ‘Into the Moonlit Village- The Battle of Crete’.

$7,264

Murringo Community Association Incorporated

Install plaques commemorating veterans’ names to the cenotaph in Murringo, NSW.

$6,000

Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club Incorporated

Display an honour board to commemorate active life saving members who served.

$3,776

Cardiff RSL Sub Branch

Install a display cabinet with internal lighting to exhibit military war memorabilia, medals and models.

$4,970

Moss Vale RSL Sub-Branch

Installation of plaques at Moss Vale RSL to commemorate post-Vietnam service.

$3,000

TOTAL

$95,949

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Tennant Creek RSL Sub Branch NT Inc.

Construct a memorial area to Vietnam War veterans at the Tennant Creek RSL

Sub-Branch.

$10,000

TOTAL

$10,000

 

QUEENSLAND

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Goondiwindi Regional Council

Restoration and refurbishment of the Goondiwindi Customs House, Queensland.

$71,819

Friends of St Helens Beach Environment Incorporated

Install a flagpole and seating at the Repulse Esplanade St Helens Beach, QLD.

$1,694

Bray Park-Strathpine RSL Sub Branch (Queensland Branch) Inc.

Create a comprehensive book detailing the Second World War military heritage of the Pine Rivers region.

$10,000

Maroochydore RSL Sub-Branch (Queensland Branch)

Install new display cabinets to display a wide range of military items and memorabilia.

$10,000

Beerwah and District Memorial Golf Club Incorporated

Install a new memorial including two flagpoles at the Beerwah and District memorial Golf Club.

$10,000

Mundubbera RSL Sub Branch (Queensland Branch)

Frame and repair memorabilia at Mundubbera RSL, QLD.

$3,243

Mount Morgan Citizen's Club Inc.

Renovations and upgrade works at the Mount Morgan Citizen’s Club’s Soldiers Room.

$6,500

Beenleigh and District RSL Sub Branch (Queensland Branch) Inc.

Restore and upgrade lighting for the Beenleigh RSL wartime military display.

$10,000

Townsville RSL Sub Branch (Queensland Branch)

Install memorabilia display cabinets at the Townsville RSL.

$7,560

Bundaberg Regional Council

Conservation of two First World War military uniforms and purchase of a new cabinet case to allow their display at the Fairymead House Sugar History Museum.

$7,893

2/16th Australian Infantry Battalion A.I.F. Association Incorporated

Restore plaque at Rocky Creek War Memorial Park, Queensland.

$2,571

Wooroolin Community Committee Incorporated

Install a new honour board in the Wooroolin Memorial Hall to commemorate the men who served in Vietnam.

$2,462

Goodna RSL Sub-Branch (QLD Branch) Incorporated

Relocate the current memorial and expand it in a new location, which is at less risk of flooding.

$10,000

Redcliffe RSL Sub-Branch (Queensland Branch)

Restoration works to the existing Honour Board memorial wall for returned service personnel from Redcliffe RSL Sub Branch.

$3,011

Peninsula Fair Darts Association Inc.

Create three portraits representing Army, Navy and Air Force at Deception Bay Club.

$5,500

Scarborough State School

Install flagpole at Scarborough State School, Queensland.

$2,000

Greenbank RSL Sub Branch (Queensland Branch)

Install a new military silhouetted memorial metal display in the Greenbank RSL
Sub Branch car park near the existing flagpoles.

$10,000

National Servicemen's Association of Australia (Queensland) Inc.

Restore the Maryborough Nasho Memorial, Queensland.

$750

Iona College Ltd

Restoration of the Manly War Memorial statue of William ‘Bill’ Henry Dodd, and relocate statue

$106,834

TOTAL

$281,837

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Renmark RSL Sub Branch Inc.

Install two commemorative bench seats at the Cross of Sacrifice memorial garden in Renmark.

$6,150

The National Trust of South Australia

Refurbish eight brass memorial plaques located in the town rotunda in Beachport SA.

$5,200

Waikerie RSL Sub Branch Incorporated

Install a medal display board at Waikerie RSL, SA.

$2,550

Murray Bridge RSL Sub Branch and Bowling Club Incorporated

Create a commemorative ‘Pathway of Honour’ at Murray Bridge RSL War Memorial.

$10,000

District Council of Elliston

Replacement of the Cenotaph in the District Council of Elliston.

$10,000

Henley and Grange RSL Sub Branch Incorporated

Restoration and digitisation of the Henley and Grange RSL Memorabilia Display.

$7,560

Aveo Retirement Homes Limited

Install flagpole at The Braes Retirement Village, South Australia.

$1,145

McLaren Vale and District RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated

Purchase a display cabinet for the dedicated Vietnam era memorabilia room. 

$3,971

Willunga and District RSL Sub Branch Incorporated

Install a new memorial in Willunga, SA.

$10,000

RSL Care South Australia Incorporated

Install six Vietnam War memorial totems at the Remembrance Walkway in RSL Care SA War Veterans Home.

$10,000

TOTAL

$66,576

 

TASMANIA

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Lenah Valley RSL Sub Branch Inc.

Restore the Lenah Valley RSL’s Service Member Honour Boards.

$7,600

Cygnet Living History Museum Inc.

Install display banners and cabinets at the Cygnet Living History Museum to display wartime memorabilia.

$5,913

Military Brotherhood MMC - Tasmania North Sub Branch Inc.

Enable a vinyl wrap to be applied to the Sub-Branch’s trailer, depicting service personnel and military artefacts, as well as the production of displays for their portable marquee that depict the Australian Service Badges.

$8,471

Veterans Memorial Centre Inc

Landscape the parade ground at Veterans Memorial Centre Bridgewater, Tasmania.

$5,000

TOTAL

$26,984

 

VICTORIA

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Waverley RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated

Host a photography exhibition titled ‘Into The Light’ telling stories of military service.

$55,741

Australian Aircraft Restoration Group

Upgrade the Second World War Pacific Gallery in the Moorabbin Airport Museum.

$16,257

Australian National Veterans Arts Museum Limited

Host a commemorative art exhibition for the veteran community at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

$150,000

Anglican Church of St Pauls East Ballarat

Contribute to the publication of a book entitled ‘Lives of Honour, Ballarat East and the Great War’

$9,102

Robert Gough

Contribute towards restoration and repair works at the former Bathurst Army Camp.

$10,000

Rotary Club of Wandin Incorporated

Install a stone plinth and mount seven bronze plaques within the current Cenotaph.

$6,000

Lilydale Primary School

Install three flagpoles and an Indigenous memorial garden at Lilydale Primary School.

$7,000

Lilydale RSL Sub-Branch Inc.

Install a new flagpole, associated paving and a small memorial garden at Lilydale RSL.

$8,000

Yarra Glen Primary School

Install flagpoles at Yarra Glen Primary School, Victoria.

$2,000

Yarram Primary School

Install three flagpoles at Yarram Primary School, Victoria.

$2,000

Bundalaguah Primary School

Install three new flagpoles for the Bundalaguah Primary School.

$2,000

Ian Marshman

Install an information board and signs to commemorate service personnel and recognise the Avenue of Honour oak tree plantation at Langs Road Limestone, VIC.

$2,500

Falls Creek Primary School

Install three flagpoles at the Falls Creek Primary School.

$2,000

Accelerated Evolution - The Break Inc.

To construct a memorial wall at Vasey RSL Care Veterans’ Village in Cheltenham.

$2,925

Cornish College

Install flagpoles and landscaping works within the Cornish College memorial garden.

$3,000

Redcliffs/Irymple RSL Sub-Branch

Install a display cabinet to display wartime memorabilia donated by the public at the Military Museum.

$3,500

Mildura Rural City Council

Install memorial crosses with plaques along the Cowangie Avenue of Honour.

$2,834

Redcliffs/Irymple RSL Sub-Branch

Restore and addition of the Ode ‘To the Fallen’ to the existing cenotaph in the Irymple Township.

$1,318

Kaniva College

Install three flagpoles at Kaniva College, Victoria

$2,000

Dr Janet Butler

Digitalisation of First World War negatives of Australian soldiers in the Imperial Camel Corps in Sinai and Palestine.

$4,100

Numurkah and District Historical Society Inc.

Restore the Strathmerton Methodist Church Honour Board, VIC.

$10,000

Waaia Community Plan (WCP) Committee Inc.

Install a First World War plaque in Waaia, VIC.

$4,290

Cobram Barooga RSL Sub-Branch Inc.

Install a new War Memorial to commemorate locals who served in the First World War and the Second World War.

$7,040

St Fidelis Primary School

Install flagpoles and a memorial garden at St Fidelis Primary School, VIC.

$6,450

TOTAL

$320,057

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Recipient

Funding description

Amount $

Shire of Moora

Restoration of the Shire of Moora’s War Memorial to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the installation of the War Memorial statue in May 2024.

$51,712

Rottnest Island Authority

Create a design for the coast Defence Museum and Interpretation Centre in the Detail Issue Depot shed on Wadjemup/Rottnest Island.

$128,475

Shire of Carnarvon

Create a new memorial to commemorate locals who served during wartime.

$10,000

Lakeland Senior High School

Install three flagpoles at Lakeland Senior High School, Western Australia

$1,760

HMAS Perth (I) Memorial Foundation Incorporated

Install internal illumination equipment and fire safety devices between the Navy League of Australia (WA Division) premises and the HMAS Perth memorial.

$10,000

Mount Helena Residents and Ratepayers Progress Association Incorporated

Install a new roll of honour board to commemorate Mount Helena locals who served in the Second World War.

$5,137

Poynter Primary School Parents and Citizens Association Inc.

Install two new flagpoles at the Pointer Primary School memorial garden.

$2,000

Poynter Primary School Parents and Citizens Association Inc.

Restoration and repair of the memorial gardens at the Poynter Primary School.

$4,000

West Arthur Community Resource Centre Incorporated

Install three panels of information at the Betty Brown Historical Centre, Western Australia.

$10,000

Canning District RSL Sub-Branch

Install commemorative fence panels in the RSL garden in Cannington, WA.

$2,300

Mandurah Murray Vietnam Veterans Group

Install two plaques to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the Australian forces involvement in the Vietnam conflict, at the Mandurah RSL.

$2,325

TOTAL

$227,709

 

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