Sus­tain­ing War Legacy across Vic­to­ria

Mansfield Courier - - News -

THE An­drews Labor Gov­ern­ment is do­ing more to hon­our Vic­to­rian vet­er­ans and mark 75 years since the end of World War Two.

Min­is­ter for Vet­er­ans Robin Scott last week opened three dif­fer­ent grant streams to sup­port vet­er­ans, in­clud­ing the new, one-off 75th An­niver­sary of the End of World War Two pro­gram.

“It is im­por­tant we con­tinue to ac­knowl­edge the sac­ri­fice and ser­vice of our vet­er­ans – they gave so that we could en­joy the free­doms we have to­day,” Mr Scott said.

“I’m proud to open a new ded­i­cated fund to com­mem­o­rate 75 years since the end of World War Two – and I en­cour­age com­mu­nity or ex-ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions, coun­cils and ed­u­ca­tion bod­ies to ap­ply.”

The $150,000 fund will sup­port events that recog­nise the mile­stone, with grants of up to $30,000 avail­able.

Com­mu­ni­ties with links to the con­flicts are es­pe­cially en­cour­aged to ap­ply, with suc­cess­ful projects to hon­our and recog­nise WWII vet­er­ans, tell lesser known WWII sto­ries, iden­tify sig­nif­i­cant sites and en­gage di­verse com­mu­ni­ties.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are also now open for the an­nual Vic­to­ria Re­mem­bers Minor Grant and the Restor­ing Com­mu­nity War Memo­ri­als and Av­enues of Hon­our Grant pro­grams.

Close to $200,000 is up for grabs un­der the minor grant round for projects that hon­our or com­mem­o­rate the ser­vice and sac­ri­fice of our vet­er­ans.

In­di­vid­ual grants of up to $30,000 are avail­able for both ex­ist­ing fund­ing streams, with al­most $185,000 to go to projects that re­store or im­prove ex­ist­ing memo­ri­als, hon­our rolls and av­enues of hon­our.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to ap­ply, visit vic.gov.au/grants-sup­port-and­com­mem­o­rate-vet­er­ans.

NEXT GEN: Last week, the Mans­field Arm­chair Cin­ema signed up two new stu­dents to com­mence a school based ap­pren­tice­ship. Pic­tured are (from left) Deb­bie Par­ish from MEGT Ap­pren­tice­ship Net­work Provider, stu­dent Bra­dyn Trem­mel, Karen Oliver, MAC mar­ket­ing and train­ing man­ager, and stu­dent Lach­lan Christo­pher.

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