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$5000 federal funding for Woolgoolga Memorial.

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DVA 123 Tuesday 14 August 2001

Embargoed: 11am Tuesday 14 August 2001

$5000 Federal Funding for Woolgoolga Memorial

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Scott, today handed over Federal Government grants totalling $5000 to the Woolgoolga RSL, towards the cost of Woolgoolga’s new memorial to Australians who have served in wars and conflicts since World War II.

Mr Scott said he had approved the funding under the Liberal-National Government’s Their Service - Our Heritage commemorative program, to help meet the costs of establishing the memorial, which features an Iroquois helicopter of the type used by Australian and US forces in Vietnam.

"The helicopters used in Vietnam have become a well-known symbol of war and this chopper will become a fitting memorial to the Australians who served in Vietnam and in other conflicts, including the Korean War," he said.

"This Saturday, the 35th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, is Vietnam Veterans’ Day.

"It is a time to honour all of those who served in Vietnam and I am pleased to be here this week to lend the Liberal-National Government’s support to Woolgoolga’s new memorial."

The UH1H helicopter was donated to the Woolgoolga RSL Sub-Branch by the United States government and was flown to the North Coast in June by an RAAF Hercules returning from an exercise in the US.

Mr Scott said he had approved a Their Service - Our Heritage grant of $4000 towards the cost of mounting the Iroquois on a plinth outside the RSL club.

The helicopter will feature both US and Australian markings, while plaques will be mounted on the plinth honouring Australians who have served in conflicts since WWII.

The Minister said another grant of $1000 would help the Woolgoolga RSL with the costs of dedicating the memorial on Vietnam Veterans’ Day.

"The memorial will provide a focal point for the Woolgoolga community for important commemorative events, such as Vietnam Veterans’ Day and Kapyong Day, which honours veterans of the Korean War," Mr Scott said.

"This will be an important memorial for the local community and I would congratulate the RSL for its commitment to honouring the service of North Coast veterans and all Australians in times of war and conflict."

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