On Sunday 17 October, Member for Barker Tony Pasin officially opened the Jabuk Community Hall Memorial Gates after it received a Federal Government Saluting their Services grant for plaque restoration, flagpole installation and landscaping.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the Jabuk Community Hall received a $9,505 grant through the Federal Government’s ‘Saluting Their Service’ Commemorative Grants Programs to honour the service and sacrifice of our Australian Defence personnel,” Mr Pasin said.

“This funding enabled the Jabuk Community Hall committee to restore and refurbish the facilities gates, plaques and surroundings. The project also included the installation of a flagpole in the war memorial gardens and has been in the planning for nearly 20 years.“ Mr Pasin said.

“The Jabuk Community Hall is a fantastic organisation with a well-deserved reputation in the community. I’m pleased that they were able to access this funding for this project.” Mr Pasin said.

“Thank you to all the Jabuk Community Hall committee who worked tirelessly on this project to ensure that our service personnel receive the recognition that they rightly deserve,” Mr Pasin said.

“The Federal Government will continue to invest in and support to organisations helping veterans and their community.” Mr Pasin said.

The Jabuk Community Hall Vice President Tammy O’Malley said the War Memorial Gates restoration and landscaping was made possible through funding received via the Federal Government’s Saluting their Services Grant program.

“The project was carried out by several members of our community over the last few months. Everyone chipped in where they could and when they could all with the same motivation to create community pride within our little town of Jabuk but to also preserve our War memorial in memory of those who served, for the present and future generations.“ Ms O’Malley said.

“A special acknowledgement goes to our President Tim Colthorpe. It’s been Tim’s dedication and lots of spare time that have helped this project come to fruition, so credit when credits due – Big thank you to you Tim.” Ms O’Malley said.

“We are extremely humbled and honored to have the wonderful piece of artwork, a Cannon made from scrap metal, donated to our garden from Mallee Boy Art.” Ms O’Malley said.