Just in time for ANZAC Day, Victorian communities are being given more opportunities to remember and honour veterans through various projects to build and repair memorials, preserve stories and ensure their wellbeing.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Colac RSL will receive $15,365 under the Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour Program to fund their Colac Memorial WWI Name Update project.
The project will install a new marble plaque at the 1925 cenotaph which will include an additional 69 names of those who served in WWI missed on the original honour rolls at the memorial.
The project is one of 63 across the state announced by Minister for Veterans, Robin Scott today as part of four grant programs: Victoria Remembers, Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour, the ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund and the 75th Anniversary of the End of World War Two.
Further support is being directed to organisations Carry On and Melbourne Legacy to provide on-going welfare support – including emergency food supplies and food vouchers – amid the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic.
The Victorian Government has worked to ensure all funded projects comply with coronavirus restrictions, such as physical distancing.
For more information about the successful grants, visit vic.gov.au/grants-support-and-commemorate-veterans.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“This is fantastic news for our local community and the Colac RSL, which has done such great work supporting its members and keeping our veterans’ legacy in the forefront of peoples’ minds.”
“It will help ensure they aren’t forgotten and also teach future generations about how their sacrifice has led to the freedoms we enjoy today.”
“We owe it to our veterans to honour their legacy and preserve their stories for future generations – that’s even more important in these challenging times.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Robin Scott
“Our veterans fought hard for our shared values and for a diverse and inclusive Victoria – these projects will ensure their memories live on as a testament to their dedication and sacrifice.”