Six Grey groups share more than $36,000 to salute forces' service

Six community groups across the Grey electorate will share $36,594 of federal funding to commemorate Australia's war history.

Carrieton Progress Association, Flinders Ranges Council, and the RSLs at Peterborough, Riverton, Robertstown and Spalding will get funding for their projects which remember the service and sacrifice of current and former Australian Defence Force personnel.

Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey was pleased the groups would be receiving the money through the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program.

Carrieton Progress Association was the big winner, receiving $10,000 to build a new memorial in the town to commemorate local military personnel who served in World War I and II, Vietnam War and the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.

Flinders Ranges Council will install plaques on concrete plinths in honour of local service personnel from World War I and II at the Craddock war memorial, with a grant of $8421.

A World War I memorial and an avenue of honour will be created adjacent Peterborough Cemetery by Peterborough RSL, which received $2155.

Riverton RSL received $1164 to put up a World War II local service personnel honour roll at its clubrooms, while two memorial seats will be installed at the Robertstown war memorial with the local RSL's $5500 grant.

Stage two of Spalding RSL's war memorial gun shelter project will begin with a $9354 grant. The shelter houses a World War II 25 pound field gun, hardware and memorabilia.

Mr Ramsey said congratulated the groups of their successful applications, especially as the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II on August 15 approached.

"These projects and activities will ensure that the service history is captured and preserved in our local community," he said.

"They will join communities across Australia in benefiting from a funding boost to help commemorate the role that Australian service men and women have played in shaping the nation.

"I thank all the community organisations who work tirelessly to ensure that our service personnel get the recognition that they deserve and thank you to all Australian service personnel for your service and sacrifice."

This round of the Saluting Their Service program was worth more than $2.2 million.

Applications for the next round of the grants program are now open. For more information, visit www.communitygrants.gov.au

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