Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that Terang RSL will receive funding to commemorate the service and sacrifice of our veterans.
Ms Tierney said $5,000 from the Victoria Remembers Minor Grants Program would help enable the Terang RSL Sub Branch to construct a WWI Diggers dugout inside the Terang RSL.
This dugout will be the second stage of the already completed WWI Communications dugout, and includes the purchase of a WWI uniform and mannequin, to be placed in the new dugout as a visual effect.
Dug-outs, usually sited close to the trench line and often within or below the trench wall, were used as a form of underground shelter and rest for both troops and officers. The new dugout will be furnished as they would have been during WWI and thus reflect life as it was during those times.
Victoria Remembers Minor grants provide funding for projects which honour or commemorate the service and sacrifice of veterans and educate the community about the contribution made by our veterans in their service to the nation and the state. The program also provides funding to organisations to assist with the educational needs of veterans’ dependants.
The Victoria Remembers Minor Grants Program is available to community organisations, local councils and educational institutions.
There will be two funding rounds of the Victoria Remembers Minor Grant Program this year and organisations wishing to apply for funding for ANZAC Day 2019 commemorative services are encouraged to apply in July 2018.
For more information on these grants or other veteran related initiatives, please visit: www.veterans.vic.gov.au/grants
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP
“These memorials have significant heritage value and meaning for our local communities – I am really pleased that Terang RSL have been able to secure this funding from the Andrews Labor Government to assist them to undertake this project.”
“Terang certainly has a proud wartime history; it’s important that we give our veterans that did us proud the fitting support and tribute they deserve.”
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Veterans, John Eren MP
“It is through community projects such as these that all Victorians can learn more about our war related heritage and the stories of the brave women and men who have served their nation.”