Waikerie RSL Sub-Branch will receive funding from the Federal Government to continue its work commemorating the service and sacrifice of local defence force personal.

Member for Barker, Tony Pasin, said the Waikerie RSL Sub-Branch has received $10,000 from the Government’s Saluting Their Service (STS) Grants Program to help commemorate Australian war time history.

“Barker has a proud military history and the actions of the Waikerie RSL Sub-Branch contribute to preserving that history for future generations,” Mr Pasin said.

Waikerie RSL Sub-Branch will use the funding to install five cabinets to display wartime memorabilia and develop a website to display information of service personnel from the Waikerie District.

“I am so pleased that the Waikerie RSL Sub-Branch has received this funding and I encourage other organisations to get involved in future rounds of this important Program.” Mr Pasin said.

Waikerie RSL President, Paul Croft, said this grant will make a big difference to our museum display.

“We currently have much more material on hand than we are able to put on display. The grant will enable us to purchase five additional display cases, enabling us to complete the display of items from more recent conflicts as well as present a more professional look and feel to the museum.” Mr Croft said.

“The grant will also contribute to the development of a website that will feature photos, biographies and related information of all those from the Waikerie District who have made the ultimate sacrifice in WW1 and WW2, and whose names are recorded on the cenotaph in the Waikerie Memorial Park.” Mr Croft said.

Organisations across Australia shared in more than $1.2 million to fund projects that will assist with ensuring the commemoration of our current and former Australian Defence Force personnel continues.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs administers the STS grants. Applications for the next round of STS grants is now open. For more information or to submit your application, visit the STS page on the Grants Hub or visit the DVA website.