Government grants boost local community commemorative projects


 

The Turnbull Liberal Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja, today welcomed the decision by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, to provide funding to two community projects to honour the contribution of local servicemen and women from the ACT and across the nation. 

The Returned & Services League of Australia ACT Branch has received $2,621 to update the plaque in the Victoria Cross Memorial Park to include the names of more recent Victoria Cross recipients under the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service grants program. 

The No 37 Squadron (RAAF) Association has also received $1,505 to install a bronze plaque in the Australian War Memorial to commemorate those across Australia who have served in No 37 Squadron (RAAF) Association under the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service grants program. 

Senator Seselja thanked the Returned & Services League of Australia ACT Branch and the No 37 Squadron (RAAF) Association for their contribution. 

“It’s important we honour the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have fought, and died, for our values and freedoms,” Senator Seselja said. 

“Local projects bring our community together in a spirit of commemoration as well as help educate future generations about Australia's wartime history. 

“Throughout the Anzac Centenary period from 2014 to 2018, we are also commemorating a Century of Service, which encompasses all those who have served, and continue to serve, our nation in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.” 

Local community organisations interested in applying for funding under the Saluting Their Service grants program should visit the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) website www.dva.gov.au/grants or contact your nearest DVA office on 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.