Supporting and Remembering Our Veterans

Monday, May 22nd, 2023 

Federal Member for Nicholls, Mr Sam Birrell MP, says more than $20,000 in Federal Funding will be awarded to organisations across Nicholls to support and remember veterans.

Around $12,000 will go to Goulburn Valley Veterans Services to assist the team in their work in
helping veterans and their families access vital veteran services.

Mr Birrell said the money was provided under the Building Excellence in Support and Training

“I recently met with members of Goulburn Valley Veterans Services and the team do an incredible job
helping veterans and their families navigate sometimes challenging services,” Mr Birrell said.

“Many veterans can be unaware of the assistance they are entitled to, and for some individuals,
dealing with the various agencies is confusing and can increase stress.

“This money will support their tireless work to help get local veterans the help they need and deserve,” Mr Birrellsaid.

While 3 organisations across the region will share in $8,500 to commemorate the service and
sacrifices of Australian heroes in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

• $3,500 – Marungi Memorial Park Reserve Committee of Management – restore the Marungi
Memorial Park Cenotaph
• $3,000 – Puckapunyal Primary School – restore the school’s Memorial Garden
• $2000 – Shepparton Search and Rescue Squad – install a flagpole at S&R Headquarters

“I commend the passion of these groups for undertaking projects that honour our men and women
who served,” Mr Birrell said.

“This money will support projects that will be used in local communities to remember veterans and
educate residents for generations to come,” he said.

Mr Birrell encouraged community organisations, councils and schools to apply for the next round of
the Saluting their Service Commemorative Grants Program.

Applications are now open for the next batch of the grants program which supports projects that
promote appreciation and understanding of the experiences of service and the roles that those who
served have played, and to preserve, or provide access to information about Australia’s wartime

2 categories of grants available under the program:

Community Grants up to a maximum of $10,000 are available for local, community-based projects
and activities and Grants between $10,001 and $150,000 are available for major commemorative
projects and activities that are significant from a national, state, territory and/or regional perspective.

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Media Contact:

Media Advisor Federal Member for Nicholls Sam Birrell
Morgan Dyer
0412 832 474