THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
5 April 2011
Mr Snowdon said Australian Government Saluting Their Service grants,worth $224,165, will commemorate those who served, and continue to serve, Australia in wars, conflicts and peace operations.
Saluting Their Service provides funds to help communities build and maintain memorials, capture the wartime history of their towns, and preserve memorabilia for future generations.
“This funding will support an array of initiatives across Australia, including veterans’ reunions, unit histories, new places of remembrance and enhancements to existing memorials, school initiatives, and preservation and display of Australian wartime memorabilia.
“The 93 projects range from assistance for a reunion luncheon in Sydney to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Australian Women’s Army Service, to funding for a new annual Anzac Day concert in Canberra, as well as support to help publish a book titled Easter Monday 1941,” Mr Snowdon said.
The Saluting Their Service program also helps fund events to commemorate significant wartime anniversaries. In 2011 this includes the 70th anniversaries of Australian service in Greece, Crete and Syria during the Second World War.
“In almost every city and town across the country there’s history of Australian service. Through these projects we can help 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 to visit www.dva.gov.au/grants, or call 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 territory is attached.
Minister Snowdon: Alice Plate 0400 045 999
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203