Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that Torquay RSL will receive funding to commemorate the service and sacrifice of our veterans.
Ms Tierney announced $10,000 from the Victoria Remembers Minor Grants Program would help enable the Torquay RSL Sub Branch to conduct the Annual ANZAC Dawn Service at Point Danger in Torquay, one of the largest services in Victoria outside of the Shrine of Remembrance.
Attracting many visitors from both intrastate and interstate, the Torquay RSL ANZAC Day Dawn Service enjoys enormous input and support from many sectors of the local community, including the Torquay Historical Society, Geelong Military re-enactment group, Torquay Scouts and Guides and Torquay schools.
This year, the Torquay RSL Sub-Branch will commemorate the centenary of the battle for Villers-Bretonneux which was a turning point of World War 1, and is a place of special significance for Australians.
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
“I have always been impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication of the Torquay RSL Sub Branch in organising this iconic event – one of the largest services in Victoria outside of the Shrine of Remembrance.”
“The Torquay RSL has an excellent track recording in holding this well regarded service which attracts over 10,000 people from far and wide.”
“The services are extremely atmospheric and moving – I am really pleased they have been able to secure funding from the Andrews Labor Government to assist them to undertake this project.”’
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. This grant program will also ensure veterans’ dependants have the best possible access to educational opportunities.”