Helping Melton preserve the legacy of our veterans

Veterans Grants 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is helping the Coimadai Avenue of Honour Restoration Association Inc give our veterans the fitting commemoration they deserve.

Don Nardella, Member of Melton, today announced a $5,455 grant to purchase 129 name plaques for WWI volunteers from Coimadai, to replace the plaques on the avenue lost under the waters of Merrimu Reservoir 50 years ago.

Throughout history, Australia’s veterans have bravely risked their lives to defend our country. It’s important we give them the tribute they deserve, and preserve their legacy for future generations.

The project is being funded by the Labor Government’s ANZAC Centenary Community Grant Program. It’s our way of ensuring all Victorians appreciate Australia’s significant wartime legacy, and have an opportunity to make their own personal connections.

Our veterans protected us and it’s our job to protect them. The Labor Government has partnered with the RSL for a program that aims to address social isolation among young veterans.

We’ve also opened the Veterans Accommodation Project, where veterans facing hardship can find their feet again in temporary crisis accommodation.

The Labor Government recently announced a $1 million Veterans Heritage and History Strategy, which will help local communities safeguard and preserve the important treasures that mean so much to so many Victorians.

For more information visit www.veterans.vic.gov.au/grants

Don Nardella MLA said:

“The Coimadai Avenue of Honour Restoration Association is a much-loved local organisation that does a great job preserving the significant legacy of our veterans.”

“We’re proud of our wartime history in Melton. This initiative will give the community a chance to reflect on their own connections with our past.”