FEDERAL Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said two communities in the Electorate have received a funding boost to help commemorate its proud history of service in the Australian Defence Force.
Mr Joyce said the Gilgai Public Hall and Recreation Reserve Trust and the Piallaway Community Hall Committee are two of the 68 funding recipients from the latest round of Saluting Their Service grants, with more than $178,000 being allocated to community and ex-service organisations around Australia.
He said Gilgai Public Hall will receive $3,511 to buy and install four plaques on the Gilgai War Memorial to commemorate Australian service in the Boer War, Korea/Malaysia, Vietnam and National Service.
The Piallaway Community Hall Committee will receive $4,000 to erect a war memorial in Piallaway to commemorate First World War and Second World War servicemen.
“I congratulate both communities on their efforts to recognise the invaluable contribution of Australian servicemen and women past and present, and ensure the next generation appreciates their service and sacrifice,” Mr Joyce said.
The Saluting Their Service grants assist community and ex-service organisations in a range of activities including restoring wartime memorabilia, establishing new commemorative plaques, and upgrades to local rolls of honour.
Local community and ex-service organisations interested in applying for future grant funding rounds should visit www.dva.gov.au/grants or call 133 254 (for metropolitan callers) or 1800 555 254 (for non-metropolitan callers).