The Andrews Labor Government has provided a funding boost to help Ceres commemorate the sacrifice of local veterans, and educate the wider community about their service.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced that Ceres Community Association Inc will receive $4955 under the Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour Grants Program.
The funding will go towards the Rectification of the Plaque at Ceres WWI Memorial Gates Project.
The project aims to rectify the plaque to include the life and service of Robert “Mont” McDowell of the 4th Light Horse Regiment, who features in the photograph on the plaque.
The Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour Grants Program supports communities in Victoria to ensure local war memorials, honour rolls and avenues of honour are restored or improved to reflect the service history of the local community.
This builds on the Labor Government’s work to preserve and educate Victorians about the service of our veterans through the $5 million commitment to the Anzac Centenary and $1 million to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.
For more information on these and other veteran grant opportunities visit: www.dpc.vic.gov.au/veterans
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP
“Ceres has a proud wartime history – it’s important we give our veterans the support and tribute they deserve.”
“This funding will help Ceres Community Association educate future generations, and allow people to better connect with the moments that shaped our history.”
“Our veterans have selflessly protected us, so we have to do everything we can to protect them. They’ve earned it – for the rest of their lives.”