December 7, 2017

Funding to Help Commemorate the Service of Veterans

The Andrews Labor Government has provided a funding boost to help commemorate the sacrifice of veterans, and educate the wider community about their service.

Anthony Carbines, Member for Ivanhoe announced that Austin Health will receive $80,000 under the Victoria Remembers Grant Program. The Program supports projects that help communities make a personal connection to the Anzac Centenary or other wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

The funding will go towards the Colour Patch Museum at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.  It will enable consolidation of the history collection at the hospital into an effective storage, display and resource centre, with view to cataloguing at a later date.

The Museum will be open for tours and other events, for veterans at the hospital and for research projects.

This funding builds on the Labor Government’s work to preserve and educate Victorians about the service of our veterans through the $5 million commitment to the Anzac Centenary and $1 million to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.

For more information on these and other veteran grant opportunities visit: www.dpc.vic.gov.au/veterans

Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe, Anthony Carbines

“There is a significant historical collection at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital which is deteriorating due to lack of suitable storage.  It is important that this history is not lost.”

“The Museum will leave a lasting legacy and I have been pleased to work with Veterans’ Liaison Officer Robert Winther OAM to secure the funds.”

 “This funding will help to educate future generations, and allow people to better connect with the moments that shaped our history.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans John Eren

“Our veterans have selflessly protected us, so we have to do everything we can to protect them. They’ve earned it – for the rest of their lives.”