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$49,000 in funding acknowledges role of veterans in QLD.



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Thursday 12 July 2007 VA100

$49,000 IN FUNDING ACKNOWLEDGES ROLE OF VETERANS IN QLD

The Queensland veteran community will benefit from $49,964 in funding as part of the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service commemorations program, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Billson, announced today.

Mr Billson said the funding demonstrated the Government’s commitment to supporting community projects and initiatives that helped recognise the service and sacrifice of Australian veterans.

"The Saluting Their Service program provides an important source of funding for community and ex-service organisations who are committed to preserving Australia’s wartime heritage and remembering our servicemen and women," Mr Billson said.

"Saluting Their Service encourages community participation in commemorative activities honouring the service and sacrifice of those who have served Australia in wars, conflicts and peace operations."

"Thousands of ex-service and community organisations across Australia have benefited from the program. Through their initiative, their fellow Australians are better able to appreciate the role our servicemen and women played in shaping our nation."

Projects and initiatives supported through the Saluting Their Service grants program include publishing historical accounts of war and conflicts, preserving memorabilia and memorials, and encouraging community participation in commemorative events.

"Our nation is indebted to those courageous Australians who put their lives on the line in the service of Australia, and the Government remains resolute in its commitment to honour them and their place in history," Mr Billson said.

For more information about the Saluting Their Service commemorations program, go to www.dva.gov.au or call 1800 026 185.

Media inquiries: Cameron Hill 0408 239 521

Editors note: A list of grant recipients is attached.

Saluting Their Service Grant Queensland Recipients

• The American Legion, welcoming Australian ex-servicemen and women, will receive a grant of $3000 for a Victory at Sea concert held on 7 May 2007 at the Kedron Wavell Services Club in Chermside to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.

• The Beenleigh & District RSL Sub-branch will receive a grant of $3000 to help restore a 105 Pack Howitzer gun located at the Beenleigh RSL Memorial Garden.

• Newmarket State School will receive a grant of $3000 to help create a memorial garden at the school to be used by students and teachers on days of remembrance.

• Bethany Christian Care will receive a grant of $1639 to help install a flagpole in the grounds of the Plains Retirement Village located in Eight Miles Plains for use by residents on days of commemoration.

• The Pyramid Residential Care Centre will receive a grant of $1639 to help install a flagpole in the grounds of the centre in Gordonvale for use by residents on days of commemoration.

• Baker’s Military Museum will receive a grant of $3000 to help install a display cabinet in the museum in Childers to preserve a large amount of wartime memorabilia.

• The South East Asia & Korean Veterans Association will receive a grant of $5103 to help refurbish two sandstone commemorative plinths and replace two marble plaques at the entrance to Anzac Park in Southport, dedicated to veterans who served in the First and Second World Wars.

• Giru State Primary School will receive a grant of $1887 to help create a memorial area at the school with a garden, flagpole and plaque to be used by students and teachers on days of remembrance.

• The Gap RSL Sub-branch will receive a grant of $4000 to help construct a new War Memorial at The Gap.

• The Vietnam Veterans Social Golf Club, Gold Coast Branch, will receive a grant of $1815 to help install a memorial at the Boomerang Farm Golf Club for use by Vietnam veterans from the Mudgeeraba district on days of commemoration.

• The Macleay Island Ex-Services Association will receive a grant of $4000 to help upgrade the Macleay Island Cenotaph located in Pat’s Park.

• The Sunnybank RSL Sub-branch will receive a grant of $4000 to help erect a new war memorial opposite the Sunnybank State High School for use by veterans and the general public on days of commemoration.

• The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia will receive a grant of $4000 to help erect a memorial in the grounds of the Greek Orthodox Church in Brisbane dedicated to all who have died in the service of their country.

• Ex 3RAR 57-59 Reunion 2007 will receive a grant of $3000 to help hold a national reunion in Tweed Heads from 21 to 23 September 2007 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the departure of 3RAR to Malaya for active service.

• No 23 Squadron Association (QLD) RAAF will receive a grant of $1250 for a gala dinner in Brisbane held on 4 May to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the formation of the squadron.

• The 5/7 RAR Association Queensland Branch will receive a grant of $436 to help replace the association’s banner.

• The Coral Sea Battle Commemorative Association will receive a grant of $1880 to help relocate the Diorama of the Battle of the Coral Sea from the Queensland Maritime Museum to the new war memorial at Kissing Point in Townsville.

• St Joseph’s College, Banora Point, will receive a grant of $585 to help install a plaque on the Kingscliffe Walkway dedicated to veterans who served on the Kokoda Track.

• St Joseph’s Primary School, Tweed Heads, will receive a grant of $585 to help install a story plaque on the Kingscliffe Walkway describing the events of the shelling of Sydney Harbour during World War II.

• Regis Group will receive a grant of $2145 to help install a flagpole and commemorative plaque at the Regis Lakeside in Chancellor Park on the Sunshine Coast for use by residents on days of commemoration.