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$4,000 grant to help restore the memorial area of the Dimboola Memorial Secondary College.



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Thursday, 16 November 2000

$4,000 GRANT TO HELP RESTORE THE MEMORIAL AREA OF THE DIMBOOLA MEMORIAL SECONDARY COLLEGE

The Dimboola Memorial Secondary College will restore its memorial area with the help of a $4,000 grant from the Federal Government's Their Service - Our Heritage commemorative programme, Member for Mallee John Forrest announced today.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Bruce Scott has approved the grant as part of $1 million allocated for the restoration and construction of war memorials in local communities.

Mr Forrest said, "The Dimboola Memorial Secondary College will use the funding to landscape the College's Memorial area.

"Dimboola Memorial Secondary College was built in1925 as a memorial to the soldiers who served in the 1914-18 War.

"In recent years the garden areas surrounding the memorial building have clearly shown the result of gradual deterioration. The College will undertake major landscaping work to restore the area and enable the College to efficiently manage the area in the long term", Mr Forrest said.

Their Service - Our Heritage encourages the community to remember and honour the contribution made by Australians serving in wars and conflicts over the past century.

The College's memorial area is the community's main focus for commemorative events such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.

The Government is encouraging communities around the country to restore their memorials or to build new ones, where none exists.

Mr Forrest said, "This project will provide a fitting tribute to the district's servicemen and women and I congratulate the Dimboola Memorial Secondary College for its efforts in acknowledging the veteran community".

Their Service - Our Heritage has provided funding to more than 1800 ex-service and community organisations for projects in the lead up to the Centenary of Federation in 2001.