A LOCAL RSL has received $3,626 in funding to commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who served in the Vietnam War, Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews said today.
Mrs Andrews said the funding had been approved under the Australian Government's Vietnam War Commemorative Grants program, which was established under the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Programme for 2015-16.
"I congratulate Currumbin Palm Beach RSL & Services Memorial Club on their efforts to recognise the invaluable contribution of those who served in the Vietnam conflict, and to ensure the next generation learns more about their selfless service," Mrs Andrews said.
The funding will be used to create a pop up museum in Currumbin to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.
"I applaud the work already undertaken by Currumbin Palm Beach RSL & Services Memorial Club and I look forward to seeing their museum come to fruition," said Mrs Andrews.
Mrs Andrews said 521 Australians died in the Vietnam War during the period 1962-72, including 200 National Servicemen. More than 3,000 were wounded.
"In August this year, it will be 50 years since one of the most significant battles of the Vietnam War - the Battle of Long Tan."
"It is important that the contribution of all those who served our nation in Vietnam is never forgotten."
The Vietnam War Commemorative Grants program provides one-off funding of up to $20,000 for community-based commemorative projects and activities that directly commemorate any aspect of the Vietnam War under the theme of 'camaraderie'.
For more information about Saluting Their Service grants, visit www.dva.gov.au/grants or call 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.