The Andrews Labor Government is keeping the legacy of local veterans alive with funding of new grants to support the community.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced four Western District RSL’s are amongst 84 projects right across the state that will share in $1.4 million as part of a range of grants to support veterans.
The projects cover a range of initiatives, such as ensuring memorials are preserved, commemorating veterans through services and events and providing education or training programs so veterans can remain engaged with the community.
Local recipients include:
- $40,000 for renovations to the Mortlake RSL, which will include rebuilding the toilets and improving accessibility into and around the RSL Hall and kitchen.
- $35,000 to the Camperdown RSL for works to the Memorial Hall
- $18,000 to replace the ageing roof at the Terang RSL Sub-Branch
- $2,500 for Colac Legacy Community Bus. This project provides transport for isolated widows, veterans and dependants to engage in social activities, church services and RSL meetingsd
Some of the other 84 projects include:
- $18,000 for welfare support for RAAF members in Ballarat
- $12,000 to the Geelong Legacy Club to pay heating bills for disadvantaged Legacy widows
- $12,000 for the Torquay RSL Sub-Branch to offer home exercise programs and more
- $9,000 to help run Ballarat’s ANZAC Day Commemorative Services
More information about the successful recipients of the grants can be found at vic.gov.au/grants-support-and-commemorate-veterans.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“I take this opportunity to congratulate all four organisations on not only winning this funding, but for all the amazing work they do supporting our local veterans – they deserve this extra helping hand.”
“Western Victoria is home to many people who served our country. It is important that we must never forget the service of our veterans – they are the reason we enjoy the freedoms we do today.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Robin Scott
“We’re working hard to protect the legacy of our veterans and pass it on for future generations.”
“Our veterans fought hard for our shared values and remembering their stories reminds us to take stock of that sacrifice and pay tribute.”