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.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp today announced the local recipients from the 63 successful projects across the state – which will share in $700,000 as part of four grant programs: Victoria Remembers, Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour, the ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund and the 75th Anniversary of the End of World War Two.
Successful recipients in the Shepparton region include:
- $27,787 for Tatura RSL Sub-Branch to create a mural on the Tatura water tower depicting World War One Soldiers, including General Sir John Monash – the construction engineer of the 1912 tower. This funding is part of the Victoria Remembers Minor Grant Program.
- $1,951 for Numurkah & District Historical Society Inc to produce a permanent record of four local soldiers killed in WWII, and commemorate their connection to the community. This funding is part of the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War Two Grant Program.
Further support is being directed to statewide organisations Carry On and Melbourne Legacy to provide on-going welfare support – including emergency food supplies and food vouchers – amid the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic.
In addition, RSL Victoria and TPI Victoria will receive funding to help keep veterans connected and less isolated, particularly in these challenging times.
Other projects across Victoria include:
- preservation work on the Buchan South Avenue of Honour War Memorial and the Heidelberg War Memorial
- a mural to be painted on a wall of the Charlton RSL to pay tribute to the Women’s Land Army
- construction of a gate and fence at the Yackandandah Memorial Gardens
- a commemoration and documentary screening of Indigenous service during WWII
- 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
The Victorian Government has worked to ensure all funded projects comply with coronavirus restrictions, such as physical distancing.
For more information about the successful grants, visit vic.gov.au/grants-support-and-commemorate-veterans.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“This is fantastic news for our local community. The Tatura Water Tower project is a very important project that will keep our veterans’ legacy in the forefront of peoples’ minds for generations to come.”
“It will help ensure they are not forgotten and also teach future generations about how their sacrifice has led to the freedoms we enjoy today.”
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 a diverse and inclusive Victoria – these projects will ensure their stories live on as a testament to their dedication and sacrifice.”