Just days out from the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2, Gold Coast veterans are being given grants by the federal government.
There are a range of grant programs, which have all be designed to honour the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service men and women.
Those who fought in the first and second world wars will be recognised with a new memorial at Kirra Surf Lifesaving Club, thanks to $10,000 in funding through the Saluting Their Service Commemorative grants program.
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Kirra Surf Club Old Boys Association President Peter Beauchamp said the $10,000 grant was an excellent outcome for the committee.
“This generous funding, along with in-kind assistance from our Association members, will ensure we can create a unique acknowledgement of our club’s war veterans.
“This special project has been many years in the making, and with the grant we can finally make it a reality and ensure the sacrifice of our volunteer diggers is not forgotten,” Mr Beauchamp said.
Currumbin RSL and Veterans Support Centre will also receive $10,450 in funding to implement a holistic well-being program for young veterans and their families.
And the Rotary Club of Currumbin-Coolangatta-Tweed will receive $1,100 through the V&CG program to purchase audio books and relevant technology.
Member for McPherson Karen Andrews MP congratulated the club on helping to reduce social isolation within the community.
“Our Gold Coast community has a proud military history, with many veterans now calling our region home, and many more before them having served our nation.
“I commend the RSL and Rotary Club for utilising these Federal Government grants, which aim to improve the mental health and wellbeing of our veterans – young and old,” Minister Andrews said.
To apply for a Federal Government Grant, click here.