Saluting their service commemorations programme

The children of the Darlington community have received a $3,000 funding boost to help commemorate the proud history of Australian servicemen and women.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said Helena College Junior School had received the funding under the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Servicegrants programme to fund the construction of a commemorative garden and memorial shield, recognising the proud service of the Hills’ Community servicemen and women.

“I congratulate Helena College on its efforts to recognise the invaluable contribution of Australian servicemen and women, past and present, and ensure the next generation appreciates their service and sacrifice,” Mr Porter said.

 Helena College Junior School is one of 88 projects across the country funded from the latest round of Saluting Their Service grants, with more than $187,065 being allocated to community and ex-service organisations around Australia.

“The Saluting Their Service grants programme helps the Australian community, particularly the children of today, to commemorate those who have served and continue to serve our nation,” Mr Porter said. 

“The programme provides funding support for local, community-based projects such as the restoration of wartime memorabilia, establishing new memorials and flag poles as well as refurbishing existing memorials and local rolls of honour.

“It is through these community projects that we can ensure the service and sacrifice of Australian service personnel is remembered, and continue to demonstrate our respect for the current generation of soldiers, sailors, airmen and women serving us today, and their families.”

Local community and ex-service organisations interested in applying for futuregrant funding rounds should visit www.dva.gov.au/grants or call 133 254 (for metropolitan callers) or 1800 555 254 (for non-metropolitan callers).