16 May 2023

The Ripon community is benefiting from a significant Victorian Government investment in projects that support and honour veterans and their families.

The Victorian Government has announced more than $1.4 million in funding for 55 projects across the state offering practical support for the veteran community, as well as commemorating their incredible contributions.

The funding is being distributed through three grant programs focused on veterans and their families.

Member for Ripon Martha Haylett is proud that the Inglewood / Bridgewater RSL Sub-Branch is one of 13 groups to share in more than $324,000 as part of the Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour Grant Program.

The sub-branch can now have the wording on the entrance archway to the Rheola Memorial Park regilded.

Across Victoria, there are also a total of 31 projects receiving funding through the Veterans Capital Works Grant Program, which funds facility upgrades of up to $50,000 for not-for-profit and ex-service organisations.

And 11 organisations across the state have received funding through the Victoria Remembers Grant Program, which provides grants of up to $30,000 for projects commemorating veterans’ service or educating Victorians about the contributions that veterans and their families have made.

Applications for Victoria Remembers are assessed by the Victorian Veterans Council, an independent body that provides advice to the Government on issues affecting the Victorian veteran community.

Quote attributable to Minister for Veterans Natalie Suleyman

“We’re proud to support projects that ensure veterans and their families have access to modern, accessible and efficient facilities and all Victorians can pay their respects, learn about history and acknowledge the service and sacrifice of our veterans.”

Quote attributable to Member for Ripon Martha Haylett MP

“This funding will help ensure we continue to honour the service and sacrifice of the veteran community in, Maryborough.”

“Our veterans have given so much to our communities and these grants will help ensure their legacy lives on for generations to come.”

“These works will allow the Inglewood/Bridgewater RSL Sub-Branch to restore Rheola’s war memorial entrance, breathing new life into this community asset.”