Three groups committed to preserving military history in the Parkes electorate will share in more than $17,000 under the latest round of the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service program.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton congratulated National Servicemen’s Association of Australia New South Wales Branch, Gilgandra Returned and Services League Sub-Branch and the Emerald Hill Progress Association on their successful grant applications.
“I am so proud of the history of service in the Parkes electorate, and it’s important that those who have served during wars, conflicts and peace operations are appropriately remembered,” Mr Coulton said.
“The North West Nashos will use their $9,650 grant to construct a memorial in Moree Anzac Centenary Park to commemorate all National Servicemen.
“Gilgandra RSL sub-branch has been awarded $4,207 grant to replace the existing entrance sign and install an eternal flame at the Coo-ee March Memorial Park.
“A grant of $2,700 will allow the Emerald Hill Progress Association to design and install an Honour Roll for local World War I veterans at the Emerald Hill Hall.
“These are all wonderful ways for us to commemorate and reflect on the sacrifice of those who have served in the Parkes electorate.”
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee said these groups were among more than 80 successful recipients, which cover a wide variety of projects put forward by ex-service organisations, clubs, schools and community groups right around Australia.
“Australia owes an enormous debt of gratitude to all those Australians who have served our nation, defending our freedoms, values and way of life, and this funding is just one of the many ways we honour that debt,” Minister Gee said
“I am very pleased to see such a wide range of projects being supported, including the construction of a Nashos memorial in Moree, and the installation of an eternal flame at the Coo-ee March Memorial Park in Gilgandra and an Honour Roll at Emerald Hill.
“Large or small, all these projects represent Australia’s unwavering commitment to always remember and reflect on all that our service personnel have done for our country.”
The funding is part of the Australian Government’s $32 million investment in Veterans’ Affairs grant programs this year.