THE HON. GREG HUNT MP
Federal Member for Flinders
Minister for Health and Aged Care
THE HON. ANDREW GEE MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Federal Member for Calare
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
10th November 2021
SALUTING SERVICE ACROSS THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA
Three local organisations across the Mornington Peninsula are being funded over $23,000 to honour Australian servicemen and women as part of the Morrison Governments $800,000 Saluting their Services (STS) Commemorative Grants Program.
|Cyril Young Memorial Chapel||$10,000|
|Rye Cemetery Trust||$10,000|
|Crib Point RSL Sub Branch Inc.||$3,900|
Federal Member for Flinders the Hon. Greg Hunt MP said this funding will ensure that generations now and into the future can recognise the service and sacrifice of our brave Australians service men and women.
“It’s important that the service and sacrifice of our local veterans is recognised and remembered through these community initiatives,” Minister Hunt said.
“This funding will ensure that present and future generations can learn and reflect on all that our brave service men and women have sacrificed and accomplished.”
“To all of our courageous service personnel past and present, we thank you and we honour you.”
President of the Cyril Young Memorial Chapel Association, Barry Furness commented that “all members of the committee, were delighted to hear of our success in the Saluting Their Service program.”
“The grant will contribute to the restoration of the Shoreham Bush Chapel, an important part of Shoreham’s history,” Mr Furness said.
“Originally part of the YMCA’s Camp Buxton, now mostly in Buxton Reserve, the outdoor Chapel is a registered war memorial which has been sadly neglected for decades.
“With the help of this support from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, we hope to raise the
profile of this little-known part of the Mornington Peninsula’s heritage and encourage further funding for its full restoration.”
Arthur Busch of the Crib Point RSL commented that the glass cabinets will help the RSL protect their prized and valuable uniform collection.
“Visitors tend to touch and handle them, so we like to protect them – because they’re old uniforms and dry cleaning could damage them,” Mr Busch said. “Thank you to Greg Hunt MP for awarding this grant to help us preserve these great historical artifacts for all visitors to enjoy.”
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee said communities across Australia are proud of their military history, our local veterans who have served our nation and their families who have supported them.
“Our local communities recognise the importance of commemorating and honouring the contribution of our servicemen and women and all that they have done for our nation,” Minister Gee said.
“Whether it be restoring the HMAS Diamantina in Queensland, installing a flag pole in a school’s Anzac memorial garden or helping our local museums display wartime memorabilia, this funding will help ensure that our local communities and our nation never forgets the men and women who have served Australia.
“It’s encouraging to see so many applications for funding in this round for such a wide range of projects, both big and small.”
A full list of successful applicants is detailed below. For further information on the next round of STS grants visit the Community Grants Hub website.