9 November, 2021

The Australian Government will provide $14,460 to two organisations in Monash helping to preserve our wartime heritage as part of more than $800,000 in funding from the Saluting their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants Program.

Member for Monash Russell Broadbent said this funding for Garfield Primary School and Leongatha and District Historical Society ensures the ongoing recognition of our Australian servicemen and women.

“It’s important that the service and sacrifice of our local veterans is recognised and remembered through these community initiatives.  Garfield Primary School will create a small commemorative garden at the front of the school and Leongatha and District Historical Society will be publishing and distributing the book titled ‘Forgotten for Too Long – the Gippslanders in Lark Force 1941-42”, Mr Broadbent said.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee said communities across Australia are proud of their military history, our local veterans who have served our nation and their families who have supported them.

“Our local communities recognise the importance of commemorating and honouring the contribution of our servicemen and women and all that they have done for our nation,” Minister Gee said.

“Whether it be restoring the HMAS Diamantina in Queensland, installing a flag pole in a school’s Anzac memorial garden or helping our local museums display wartime memorabilia, this funding will help ensure that our local communities and our nation never forgets the men and women who have served Australia.

“It’s encouraging to see so many applications for funding in this round for such a wide range of projects, both big and small.”

A full list of successful applicants is detailed below. For further information on the next round of STS grants visit the Community Grants Hub website.

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