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29 October, 2020

GRANTS HELP PRESERVE SILKWOOD'S WARTIME HISTORY

The Silkwood State School is committed to preserving Australia’s wartime heritage and will share in more than $1 million in funding through the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program.


Senator McDonald 2019 Remembrance Day in Brisbane

North Queensland-based Senator Susan McDonald said the funding would ensure Silkwood residents – particularly the next generation – continued to remember and understand the sacrifices made by Australian service men and women during wartime.

“The Silkwood State School received $2236 for two plaques and a flagpole so students can be reminded of the thousands of men and women who left their families to defend the free world in many theatres of war,” she said.

“Silkwood and the Cassowary Coast has a proud military history and I congratulate the Silkwood State School for their work in honouring those who have served our country in the Navy, Army and Air Force.”

This year has been challenging for the local community with the impacts of coronavirus being felt across the region, and of course these impacts may present new challenges for grant recipients.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is working with impacted grant recipients to ensure that they can go ahead with their project, such as getting an extension or looking into alternative options.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the recipients of this round of grant funding were making a vital contribution to preserving our military history and bringing the community together through projects and activities that commemorate our service personnel.  

“Community-led commemorative projects play a very important part in helping Australians learn about the crucial role of our service personnel and recognising their courage and sacrifice in serving our nation,” Mr Chester said. 

“These grants will assist local communities, from funding restoration work and flagpole installations, to supporting theatre performances and online commemorative websites, which are just some of the projects receiving support this round.”

To find out more about Saluting Their Service grants, visit https://www.dva.gov.au/about-us/overview/consultations-and-grants/grants-and-bursaries/saluting-their-service-commemorative.

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