Monday, April 23, 2012
The Doncaster RSL in Manningham is one of 43 communities to share in more than $240,000 of Victorian Government Restoring Community War Memorial Grants, announced today by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Hugh Delahunty.
Member for Doncaster, Mary Wooldridge, said the Doncaster RSL would receive $9,060 as part of the latest funding from the Restoring Community War Memorial Grants program.
“The Doncaster RSL plays a significant role in remembering the stories of our local service men and women,” Ms Wooldridge said.
Ms Wooldridge said the grant will provide the practical support the Doncaster community needs to maintain its memorial, which includes the restoration of the RSL’s Cenotaph.
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.
Ms Wooldridge said the restoration of war memorials such as the Doncaster RSL ensures that these memorials are kept in good condition and that our war history is passed on to future generations.
“These grants are important as they ensure that local servicemen and women and their stories of courage and mateship are never forgotten,” she 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
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