Roma heroes remembered with Anzac grant
Published Thursday, 24 August, 2017 at 12:22 PM
Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
The Palaszczuk Government is keeping the memory of Roma's war heroes alive with a grant to restore an iconic memorial.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Roma RSL Sub-Branch had received over $17,000 in funding through the Queensland Anzac Centenary grants program to replace commemorative plaques in ‘Heroes Avenue’.
“The Queensland Government is helping communities reflect on 100 years since the First World War, as well as recognising other significant military anniversaries,” she said.
“This grant will support the RSL to replace 82 damaged plaques that sit at the base of bottle trees that form part of this living memorial.
“These trees were first planted to honour each of the local men who lost their lives in the First World War.
“It’s incredible that this memorial is almost a century old, signifying Roma’s significant and enduring commitment to remembering and honouring those who have served our country.
“I thank the Roma RSL for their commitment to preserving our state’s military history and commemorating our brave servicemen and women.”
Ms Palaszczuk said restoring this memorial was one of 16 projects across the state, awarded through round three of the Queensland Anzac Centenary Spirit of Service grants program.
“The Western Downs Regional Council was also was successful in securing funding under this latest round, with a $10,000 grant to tell the homecoming stories of local servicemen and women returning from conflict,” she said.
“All of the successful projects focus on engaging communities and educating Queenslanders about our state’s role in the First World War and other significant military events.
“With round four of the Spirit of Service grants program now open, I encourage l local not-for-profit organisations, RSLs and local councils to apply for small grants of up to $20,000.”
Round six of the Lasting Legacies grants program, offering grants between $20 001 and $80 000 to commemorate the Anzac legacy, is also open and will close 28 January 2018.
For more information, to apply for a grant, or for details on the successful grant projects visit www.qld.gov.au/anzac100.
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