David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Funds flow to preserve military history in Southern Downs

January 7, 2021

Community groups and organisations in the Southern Downs committed to preserving Australia’s military history will benefit from $20,000 under the Federal Government’s Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program, Maranoa MP David Littleproud announced today.

Mr Littleproud congratulated The Warwick RSL Sub-Branch and the Southern Downs Regional Council on their commitment to honouring local service personnel and strengthening the region’s connection to Australia’s military history.

“The successful applicants set to receive funding under the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program will make an important contribution in honouring Australian service personnel and wartime heritage for current and future generations,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The Warwick RSL Sub-Branch will receive $10,000 to Publish a book entitled ‘Anzacs of the Southern Downs’ which will ensure the people of the Southern Downs continue to remember and understand the sacrifice made by local service men and women, particularly the next generation.

“The Southern Downs Regional Council will receive $10,000 to support the creation of a virtual memorial website to commemorate the history of the Kyoomba Sanatorium and associated Australian service personnel.

“These two important local projects will go a long way towards preserving the military history of the Southern Downs and honouring the service and sacrifice of Maranoa’s service personnel.

“These projects are part of 80 projects funded nationwide, sharing in more than $1 million to preserve Australia’s military history.

“Congratulations to those organisations that received funding and I encourage organisations in Maranoa committed to preserving our military history to consider applying for future funding rounds.”

The Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program is designed to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage and involve people around the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that honour the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel.

Community groups and organisations are encouraged to apply for funding in the next round of Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program, particularly for projects and activities that commemorate the Vietnam War, with several significant anniversaries from this conflict falling in 2021. Applications for Batch 3 of the 2020-21 Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program close on 11 February 2021. Visit the Community Grants Hub for more information.