Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he is very pleased six community groups across Grey will be better equipped to remember the service and sacrifice of our current and former Australian Defence Force personnel thanks to the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program.
In Grey successful groups include the Carrieton Progress Association $10,000, Flinders Ranges Council $8,421, Peterborough RSL $2,155, Riverton RSL $1,164, Robertstown RSL $5,500 and Spalding RSL $9354.
“I congratulate these groups who will receive funding for projects commemorating our wartime history, especially as the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War on 15 August approaches,” Mr Ramsey said.
“They will join communities across Australia in benefiting from a funding boost to help commemorate the role that Australian service men and women have played in shaping the nation.
“These projects and activities will ensure that the service history is captured and preserved in our local community.
“I thank all the community organisations who work tirelessly to ensure that our service personnel get the recognition that they deserve and thank you to all Australian service personnel for your service and sacrifice.”
More than $2.2 million in funding was provided through this round of the Saluting Their Service commemorative grants program. The Federal Government’s election commitment saw an increase in the Community Grants cap from $4,000 to $10,000 and this batch of successful applicants will be the first to benefit from this.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) recognises the potential impact COVID-19 may have on recipients completing their projects, with social distancing and other public health measures in place across the country. DVA is committed to working with recipients who are affected on options to continue their projects. If you are a current grant recipient and COVID-19 has impacted your project, please contact your Funding Arrangement Manager to discuss options.
Applications for the next round of grants are open now.
Successful projects in Grey are-
- Carrieton Progress Association $10,000 to construct a new memorial in Carrieton to commemorate local military personnel who served in the First and Second World Wars, Vietnam War and the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF).
- Flinders Ranges Council $8,421 to install plaques on concrete plinths to commemorate local service personnel from the First and Second World Wars at the Craddock war memorial.
- Peterborough RSL $2,155 to construct a memorial and plant an avenue of honour adjacent Peterborough Cemetery to commemorate local First World War service personnel.
- Riverton RSL $1,164 to install an honour roll in the Riverton RSL club room to commemorate local service personnel’s contribution during the Second World War.
- Robertstown RSL $5,500 to install two memorial seats at the Robertstown war memorial.
- Spalding RSL $9354 to enable stage two of the Spalding war memorial gun shelter which houses a Second World War 25 pound field gun, hardware and memorabilia, comprised of the placement of viewing windows..
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June 10, 2020