HONOURING THE LEGACY OF OUR VETERANS IN GIPPSLAND

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.

Minister for Veterans Robin Scott today announced $700,000 for 63 projects across the state as part of four grant programs: Victoria Remembers, Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour, the ANZAC Day Proceeds Fundand the 75th Anniversary of the End of World War Two.

It includes

• $2,600 for Briagolong RSL Sub-Branch to install 4 new bronze plaques to the memorial wall at the Briagolong ANZAC Park
• $28,344 for Buchan South Avenue of Honour to erect a war memorial which will be a permanent honour roll for the people who served from the district of Buchan and Community.
• $4,000 for Leogatha & District Historical Society Inc to research the stories of men and women from their district who died as a result of WW11, place the stories on their website and have a photograph of each person framed and placed in a display.
• $5,000 for Sale RSL & Community Sub-Branch. The project will install a remembrance sign on the front wall (Princes Highway side) of the Sale RSL to remember the service of Australians in WW2. The sign will be illuminated and will identify all the medals issued to Australians for service in WW2.

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 corona virus pandemic.

The Victorian Government has worked to ensure all funded projects comply with coronavirus restrictions, such as physical distancing.

Projects include: • a mural to be painted on a wall of the Charlton RSL to tribute to the Women’s Land Army • construction of a gate and fence at the Yack and andah Memorial Gardens • a public exhibition of wartime artist Napier Waller to be held by the National Trust of Australia • a new display of four unique uniforms at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum

For more information about the successful grants,visit vic.gov.au/grants-support-and-commemorate-veterans

Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Robin Scott

“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.”

“Our veterans fought hard for our shared values and for adverse and inclusive Victoria– these projects will ensure their memories live on as a testament to their dedication and sacrifice.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett

“This is fantastic news for the local communities of Gippsland which have 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.”