Grant to help preserve Uralla's wartime history

27 Oct 2020

Uralla’s commitment to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage has been recognised with funding under the latest round of the Federal Government’s Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program.

Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said the funding will help the Uralla community continue to recognise the sacrifice made by Australian service men and women during wartime.

“This round of grants saw $9,308 provided to Uralla Historical Society Inc to curate a museum display incorporating information and memorabilia of local service personnel who served during the First World War,” Mr Joyce said.

“The New England has a proud military history and I congratulate the people of Uralla for their work in honouring those who have served our country, some who made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of the freedoms we as Australians are fortunate to enjoy today.”

The grant coincides with news that Uralla RSL Sub-Branch will host a Spring luncheon for guests on Friday, November 13, in recognition of the nation-wide Veterans’ Health Week.

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 Saluting Their Service 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 dva.gov.au

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