Cessnock City Council has been recognised for its commitment to honouring the contribution of the local veteran community, Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon, said today.

Mr Fitzgibbon said Cessnock City Council had received $1,738 in funding under the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service grants program.

“The funding will go towards restoring the names on the First World War and Boer War Honour Roll at the War Memorial in TAFE Park, Cessnock,” he said.

“I congratulate the council for their hard work in ensuring the contribution of Australian Defence Force members, past and present, is recognised and remembered.”

Cessnock City Council is one of 131 funding recipients from the latest round of Saluting Their Service grants, with more than $310,000 being allocated to community and ex-service organisations around Australia.

The Saluting Their Service grants program encourages Australians from all walks of life and all corners of the country, to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the role of those who have served and continue to serve have played in shaping the nation.

The grants assist community and ex-service organisations to restore wartime memorabilia, install commemorative plaques, upgrade the local roll of honour or improve security at existing memorials, amongst other activities.

Local community and ex-service organisations interested in applying for future  grant funding rounds should visit www.dva.gov.au/grants or call 133 254 (for metropolitan callers) or 1800 555 254 (for non metropolitan callers).

Funding for projects commemorating the First World War will now be available under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.  Application forms for this program can be found at www.anzaccentenary.gov.au

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