The Victorian Government is continuing to support veterans and their families across Northern Victoria, with the latest round of grants to support local projects.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today announced the successful local recipients from three separate veterans’ grants programs – ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund, Victoria Remembers Minor Grant Program and Restoring Community War Memorials Program – which collectively is delivering 62 projects statewide to support the ex-service community.
Successful projects in Northern Victoria include:
- Rochester Cemetery Trust who will receive $3,865 for their project, Recognising Burial Places of all War Veterans. All War Veterans Burial Places will be recognised with a permanent steel marker and during the week of ANZAC Day will have an Australian Flag attached. A Dawn Service will also be held at the Rochester Cemetery.
- Kerang Group of Legacy will receive $11,800 to continue their work in supporting war widows living at home and in care facilities in Kerang and the surrounding areas.
- The Legacy Club of Shepparton Inc are set to receive $2,320 for their project, Back Together for Fun, Friendship & Frivolity. Following the Coronavirus shutdown, the project will provide much needed wellbeing and welfare for participants, enabling them to get together to renew old friendships, form new friendships and finally have face to face interaction again, together over lunch.
- Beulah Historic, Learning & Progress Association will receive $22,700 for their Beulah Memorial Refurbishment and recognition of WWII veterans The project will see the restoration of the iron gates, and also update the stone pillars with the names of those who served in WWII.
Other projects across the state includes those that will preserve their legacy for future generations, as well as ongoing support to assist ex-service organisations impacted by the global coronavirus pandemic.
Through a $150,000 ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund grant, Carry On (Victoria) will deliver welfare, financial and education support to more than 300 ex-service men and women.
Veterans and their families at Bendigo District RSL Sub-Branch Inc. will benefit from $20,000 funding towards their Veterans Welfare, Health & Wellbeing project – which provide direct and critical mental and social support through financial assistance with home support i.e. ramps and hand rails, facilitating access to emergency accommodation and connection to appropriate support services.
More than $16,000 has been provided to The Australian Commando Association of Victorian to create a digital oral history program, recording the experiences of Victorian veterans for the future.
For a full list of successful recipients in your area and information on other veteran grant opportunities, visit: www.vic.gov.au/grants-support-and-commemorate-veterans
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“Veterans have a very special place in the hearts and minds of Victorians – and their service must never be forgotten.”
“It is fantastic to see these organisations in Northern Victoria recognised for their good work in the local community.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane
“Just as our veterans have served our country, it is our duty now to support them. The Victorian Government is proud to preserve their legacy for future generations.”
“Victoria’s veterans have faced a different kind of battle this year. This funding will provide critical health and welfare support to our ex-service men and women and their families during these challenging times.”
Quote attributable to Victorian Veterans Council Chair Roger Clifton
“This support is particularly important this year, as are the continued opportunities for commemoration and remembrance that these grants provide.”