The Calivil Community War Memorial is to receive funding following an announcement of a number of grants across the State by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Hugh Delahunty.
Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, said the Calivil War Memorial would receive $3,000 as part of the latest round of funding from the $240,000 Restoring Community War Memorial Grants program.
“Our War Memorials play a very important role in ensuring we remember the stories of our local service men and women,” Mr Walsh said.
“That’s why grants like these are so important. They provide practical support so communities can keep their memorials in the best condition, ensuring local servicemen and women and their stories of courage and mateship are never forgotten,” he said.
The Calivil Community War Memorial project will involve the construction of a concrete ramp and extending the paving to provide safer access to the memorial for commemorative services.
Mr Delahunty said the Victorian Government was committed to passing Victoria’s war history to subsequent generations.
“Victorians are rightly proud of the bravery and sacrifice of our veterans and these grants will help keep their memories and stories alive through memorials around our state,” Mr Delahunty said.
“Local war memorials and avenues of honour play an important part in teaching new generations about the role veterans have played in our history Victoria and these grants provide practical support to keep them in good condition.
“By investing in the restoration of war memorials we can ensure our war history continues to be passed on to future generations and the legacy of our servicemen and women is kept alive through memorials around our state,” he said.
Restoring Community War Memorial Grants are available to councils, RSL clubs and community groups and facilities.
“We will continue to work with local governments, key ex-servicemen organisations and community groups to ensure the sacrifice of our veterans is never forgotten, especially in the lead up to the Centenary of ANZAC commemorations,” Mr Delahunty said.
A full list of grant recipients and more information about applying is available at http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/veterans/veterans-heritage/war-memorials/restoring-community-war-memorials
Thursday, April 19, 2012
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