The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel
Phillip Thompson OAM MP
Member for Herbert
Joint Media Release
COMMEMORATIVE projects in Herbert may benefit from a funding boost and expanded eligibility of the Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants Program.
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel, Darren Chester and Member for Herbert, Phillip Thompson said the expansion to the STS Grants Program is part of the Government’s election commitments, and will see an extra $10 million allocated over the next four years to continue to honour the service and sacrifice of those who have served their country.
“The STS Grants Program is aimed at acknowledging and commemorating those who served Australia and its allies in wars, conflicts and peace operations,” Mr Chester said.
“With this is mind, we are expanding the program to increase the funds available and will also be opening up the eligibility so more projects are able to be funded than ever before.”
Mr Thompson said the funding increase means extra opportunities for local projects in Townsville to commemorate their local military heroes.
“Our community has a proud military history, with many veterans now calling Townsville home, and many more before them having served our nation,” Mr Thompson said.
“I encourage the community here in Herbert to review the new guidelines and apply for a grant to carry on the legacy of commemoration and ensure our veterans are never forgotten.”
The revised guidelines will see a shift in focus to conflicts post the First World War, and also mean projects such as documentaries, and digital projects such as digital honour rolls and podcasts, can have funds allocated.
The new guidelines will come into effect in November 2019. For more information about the new guidelines, or to apply for a Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grant, visit the Community Grants Hub or GrantConnect web sites.