Mooroopna has received $122,300 to expand Mooroopna’s War Memorial under the Federal Government’s Saluting Their Service grants program to recognise the region’s military service history. Damian Drum MP welcomed the ongoing community interest in recognising their local service, with a wide variety of projects being funded.
“A community’s military history, through those who have served or continue to serve, is part of its identity,” Mr Drum said.
“By involving community groups, such as our ex-service organisations, in commemorations we can ensure this history is never forgotten, and these grants help to achieve this.
Mr Drum said “The Australian Government is very proud to support these works, which will allow the Mooroopna War Memorial to expand to recognise the sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in the Second World War, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and the Indonesian conflict.“
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the funding would provide a boost to the region as it prepares for the 75-year commemorative anniversary of the end of the Second World War this September.
“Australia has a proud history of remembering those who have served our nation, their families and those who wear the military uniform today,” Mr Chester said.
“I congratulate Greater Shepparton City Council on its successful application to carry on this legacy of remembrance.
Greater Shepparton City Council contractors Tactile Australia began work on the Mooroopna War Memorial earlier this year. The funding will contribute towards memorial panels of digi glass being erected with inscriptions of names of all Mooroopna and Ardmona District war veterans.
Lighting has been installed and new pathways created, enhancing the ambience of the space and improving accessibility and safety for all users including walkways up to the existing WWI memorial cenotaph. The memorial has now been completed, with an official opening to take place once social distancing regulations can be safely lifted.