Member for South Barwon, Andrew Katos today announced the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Sub-Branch would receive $5,000 as part of the latest funding from the Victorian Government’s Restoring Community War Memorial Grants program.
“Places like the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Commemorative Memorial Site play an important role in remembering the stories of our local service men and women”, Mr Katos said.
“That’s why grants like these are so important. They provide practical support so communities can keep their memorials in the best condition, ensuring local servicemen and women and their stories of courage and mateship are never forgotten,” he said.
The Relocation of the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Commemorative Memorial Site project will involve the relocation of the existing Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Memorial Stone and Flag Pole to improve safety and minimise future damage to the memorial site.
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.
“Local war memorials and avenues of honour play an important part in teaching new generations about the role veterans have played in our history Victoria and these grants provide practical support to keep them in good condition.
“By investing in the restoration of war memorials we can ensure our war history continues to be passed on to future generations and the legacy of our servicemen and women is kept alive through memorials around our state,” he 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