THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
23 January 2011
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, today announced Australian Government funded projects across Australian to honour Australian servicemen and women.
“I’m pleased to announce that 113 projects across the country will receive Saluting Their Service grants worth $329,393 to commemorate Australia’s wartime history and honour those who have served, and continue to serve Australia in wars, conflicts and peace operations,” Mr Snowdon said. (see list attached)
Saluting Their Service grants provide several rounds of funding each year to help communities build and maintain memorials, capture the wartime history of their towns and preserve memorabilia for future generations.
“This funding will support a range of initiatives across Australia including veteran reunions; building new places of remembrance for local communities; and restoring, repairing and enhancing security at existing memorials,” Mr Snowdon said.
Saluting Their Service also helps fund special events commemorating significant wartime anniversaries which in 2010 included the 95th anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign, 65th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific and the Sandakan Death Marches, the 45th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in the Indonesian Confrontation and 50 years since the Malayan Emergency.
“Commemorative projects play a major role in encouraging Australians, young and old, to learn about our wartime heritage. Community and ex-service organisations can also apply for funding to support significant anniversaries of wartime events.”
Since the Labor Government took office, more than 1,330 Saluting Their Service commemorative projects have been funded worth over $4.9 million.
“Australian service has been a part of the history of every city and town across the country and, through these projects, we can help to ensure the contribution of our servicemen and women is remembered and their sacrifice is not forgotten,” Mr Snowdon said.
Mr Snowdon encouraged local community and ex-service organisations interested in applying for funding in 2011 to visit www.dva.gov.au/grants or contact their nearest DVA office on 133 254 (for metropolitan callers) or 1800 555 254 (for non-metropolitan callers).
Editors note: A list of grant recipients from each state and the ACT is attached.
Minister Snowdon: Alice Plate 0400 045 999
Dept of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203