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Thursday, May 30, 2024

More funding for Victorian war memorial upgrades

The Victorian Government has today announced the successful recipients of both the Veterans Capital Works grant program and Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour grant program.

Minister for Veterans, Natalie Suleyman said the Government was delivering $890,000 worth of grants to 34 community groups.

“We’re restoring and upgrading memorials and community building – to preserve the stories, history and value of Victorian veterans and their loved ones,” said Minister Suleyman.

She said the grants will support local organisations to conserve and maintain war memorials, honour rolls, update sites to reflect veteran service, and improve facilities and buildings in every corner of Victoria.

The Veterans Capital Works Program supports building and facility improvements for not-for-profit organisations, with this round of grants investing in 20 organisations across the state.

The Australian Catholic University will receive funding to create Victoria’s first-ever dedicated veteran students and family hub which will support veterans in their university studies, while Woodend RSL Sub-Branch will receive funding to upgrade their facilities.

The Restoring War Memorials and Avenues of Honour Program is available to community groups to conserve and maintain war memorials, honour rolls and avenues of honour.

Fourteen organisations will receive funding under this program, including Ballan RSL Sub-Branch to restore the historic Barrys Reef WW1 Avenue of Honour (pictured), and Boroondara City Council to engage a conservation expert to assess the needs of the St James Memorial.

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