Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced $180,000 for Colac RSL Club as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Veterans Capital Works Grant Program.
The Labor Government has announced 20 projects totalling $1 million in this round of the Veterans Capital Works Grant Program – a new initiative that was announced through the Victorian Budget 2018/19.
The grant will fund the installation of a lift at the Colac RSL Club in Murray St, and provision of better community areas for veterans. This will enable the improvement of the upper and lower floors of the venue, improving the reception area, bistro and gaming areas.
The Veterans Capital Works Grant Program supports building and facility improvements for not-for-profit organisations delivering services to veterans and their families.
Meanwhile, Colac Otway Shire Council will receive a funding boost from the Victoria Remembers Minor Grant Program.
The $40,000 grant will fund the Council’s ‘Homage to the Anzacs’ project, a projection light show commemorating veterans whilst showcasing the Colac War Memorial.
The Victoria Remembers Minor Grant Program provides funding for projects which honour or commemorate the service and sacrifice of veterans and educate Victorians about the contribution made by our veterans in their service to the nation and the state.
By funding commemorative events, memorials and memorabilia collections, the Labor Government is helping to preserve our proud war time heritage.
Ms Tierney also announced $2,200 for Colac Legacy Club as part of the ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund Grants 2018-19.
This grant will fund the Colac Legacy Community Bus program. The project provides transport for isolated widows, veterans and dependants to engage in social activities, church services and RSL meetings.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“Colac has many people who have served our country and it is important that we ensure they have proper facilities to enjoy.”
“These Veterans Grant Programs will make the lives of our veterans in Colac a bit easier, which is something they have well and truly earned.”
“I take this opportunity to congratulate all three organisations on not only winning this funding, but for their continuing hard work to support veterans in Colac.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans John Eren
“We’ve listened to the veteran community and heard loud and clear that many facilities needed support to fund upgrades and now that help is being delivered”