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Minister for Veterans' Affairs Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence

Wednesday 18 October 2006 VA111

$5000 IN GRANTS ACKNOWLEDGE ROLE OF WA VETERANS

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Billson, today announced grants totalling $5163 will be distributed to community organisations in Western Australia as part of the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service commemorations program.

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

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

Three Springs-Arrino RSL Sub-branch will receive a grant of $3000 to help publish a wartime history book titled 'Bloody Lucky', which was written by Jack Thorpe OAM who spent three and a half years as a prisoner of war of the Japanese during World War II.

The Jurien Bay Ex-Servicemen's Club will receive a grant of $2163 to help restore the surrounds of the Jurien Bay War Memorial to improve safety for visitors.

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

"While Saluting Their Service grants support projects such as the restoration of community war memorials, displays of wartime memorabilia and commemoration of wartime anniversaries, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs has also developed a series of websites to enable the Australian public to learn more about Australia’s wartime history - wherever they may be.

"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, call 1800 026 185 or e-mail commemorations@dva.gov.au

Websites on Australia’s wartime history include:

z Australia’s War 1939-1945 www.ww2australia.gov.au;

z Gallipoli www.anzacsite.gov.au

z Australians at War Film Archive www.australiansatwarfilmarchive.gov.au

28/11/2006 http://minister.dva.gov.au/media_releases/2006/10_oct/va111.htm