Minister Assisting the Premier on Veterans’ Affairs Tony Robinson today invited ex-service organisations, councils and community groups to apply for grants to restore local war memorials.
Mr Robinson said eligible groups could apply for funding of up to $10,000 from the Restoring Community War Memorials Grants Program to upgrade and enhance local commemorative sites and honour rolls.
“The Brumby Labor Government is committed to honouring our veterans’ community by preserving their heritage so their legacy is never forgotten,” he said.
“There are more than 1100 war memorials in Victoria’s suburbs and towns, marking the courage and spirit of local servicemen and women.
“The Restoring Community War Memorials Grants Program provides funding for local people to get involved in upgrading commemorative sites to ensure our memorials remain places of local respect and pride into the future.
“Our war memorials are a physical expression of our enduring respect for those who served and sacrificed so much and encourage young people to learn about our war history and to continue honouring the legacy of our veterans.”
Since 2004, the Restoring Community War Memorials Grants Program has funded 261 restoration projects across Victoria.
Applications for this latest round of Restoring Community War Memorials Grants close on 15 February 2010.
To apply for a Restoring Community War Memorials Grant, call 1300 366 356 or go to www.grants.dpcd.vic.gov.au for more information.