Anzac Community Grant Recipients 2020

42 projects received support from the 2020 Anzac Community Grant Program:

Grants were awarded in February 2021.




Project Title

Brief Project Description

Funding granted

Armidale RSL sub Branch


Vietnam Veterans Plaque

A Brass Plaque of Vietnam Veterans from the Armidale Region.


222 Army Cadet Unit

Batemans Bay

Unit Parade Banner

The members of 222ACU South Coast accept service requests from local RSL sub branches, Service Clubs and community organisations to provide catafalque party, flag party and body of troops. We are often praised for our dedication and professionalism.  Proudly marching behind and displaying the banner will increase public awareness of our organisation and promote discussion of the leadership, education and training program we deliver for local youth.


St Stanislaus' College


Stannies History Outdoor Classroom

Years 7 to 12 students will be provided with a realistic, physical space and equipment to create experiences relevant to their studies of history and allow field experiences in archaeology and trench warfare. Equipment will be purchased to create an outside classroom where students can dig, measure, and practice historical skills and gain understanding of evidence for historical inquiry. 


Shield Training and Consulting

Beacon Hill

Veteran First Aid qualification

Enriching the lives of veterans and encouraging  Veteran employment by providing accredited First Aid qualifications to assist Veterans who are transitioning from defence into civilian life across NSW. By providing Veterans with HLTAID003 Provide First Aid- the accredited First Aid qualification. 


North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club Inc

Bondi Beach

ADF Bronze Medallion Course

 North Bondi SLSC has introduced a specially designed program to help fast-track ADF members in gaining their Bronze Medallion qualification to become lifesavers to help address the challenges faced by returning ADF personnel returning from service to everyday life.  Participants will undergo aquatics skills training in a small learning environment with trainers and assessors who have defence force backgrounds, which ensures efficient integration into lifesaving and allows for existing knowledge and experience from ADF training and service to be considered.


Casino and District Historical Society Inc.


Display ADF uniforms

Our display of ADF uniforms and artefacts are limited ,and as we have uniforms in storage we cannot educate the visitors and members on different regiments and units according to period and which conflict or era..


SEWA Australia

Cecil Hills

Honouring the service and sacrifice of military service professionals

Approx. 60 local community members especially new migrants will be invited to an event explaining the significance of Anzac Day to make them aware about the contribution of the military personnel and the importance of Anzac Day in our life. Military service professionals will be honoured with  a certificate of appreciation and a memento. Respects will be paid to the people who have sacrificed their lives in the First World War and an entertainment program  will be organised with refreshments to follow.


St Augustine's School 

Coffs Harbour

In Flanders Fields poppy garden beds 

To build a deeper understanding of the  sacrifices of soldiers during war and keep  our history alive through the message of the poem 'In Flanders Fields' (by Canadian medical officer, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, first published in December 1915.).The focus of the poem will be included in the K-6 units of work and the work of the students to maintain the garden beds will promote a culture of respect and responsibility.


The Bunker Cartoon Gallery Incorporated  t/as The National Cartoon Gallery

Coffs Harbour

Commemorative Wartime Window Display

The design, creation and installation of an imaginative diorama on a decal to be placed on a 7m x 3m glass wall.  The decal will provide the visitor with imagery depicting important elements of the local contribution and activity at that time. Images will include aircraft involved, interior shots, personnel, shipping and submarine activity, and shots of local wartime landmarks such as the mined and barbed wire fenced beaches.  It will also pay tribute to the young cadets at the local high school who, it is recorded, were the only school cadets in the history of Australia to be armed. Lastly it will draw to the visitor's attention to the role locals played at this time due to the constant threat to their city.  


Coffs Harbour Christian Community School

Coffs Harbour

Anzac Day Museum address

A speaker with family history in both the Army and Airforce in Australia and Britain will provide a museum-type presentation to bring to life the conditions of war and the heart of our servicemen and women to show self-less commitment to preserving the freedom that we know in our Australian way of life. 


Cronulla High School


Year 7 Drama Ensemble

Year 7 students will research and devise an original drama work to be performed at the school during the annual Anzac assembly, and for a community Senior Citizen organisation. The performance venues will be confirmed pending pandemic restrictions. If a live performance is not possible, the piece will be filmed. Students will be encouraged to seek direct verbal testimony from community members with relevant stories to tell.


Cronulla RSL Sub-Branch


Preservation of War Memorabilia

Currently on hand the Cronulla RSL Sub-Branch has a Memorabilia Collection of over 2,300 items expanding all 20th century wars. The goal is to preserve and restore these items to remember and experience times of war. The first task is Swing Mounting, cleaning and correlating approximately 300 medals. 


Dapto High School


‘Our Brave Four of A16-173’

This project has three priorities; the first involves landscaping the current sandstone school war memorial with a sustainable native living memorial garden by planting ‘Spirit of Anzac’ grevilleas as a feature with other suitable plants. A bench seat featuring a commemorative plaque or engraving will be placed within the place. Secondly, the upgraded memorial at the front of our school will become a focus for a student-led commemorative gatherings. Dapto RSL, community members and descendants of the airmen will be invited to attend. Thirdly, a small portion of the funds will be used to purchase a perpetual trophy, presented by an invited RSL member and awarded to selected year 12 student who each year has for example: consistently demonstrated a positive, selfless and compassionate manner in year 12. 


HMAS Sydney Association

Five Dock

HMAS Sydney II Memorial and Wreath Laying Ceremony

The service is held each year to maintain the public’s awareness of and interest in this important piece of Australian military history and to give family and descendants a service to remember their loved ones.

The memorial service  allows members of the Association, other organisations, the general public and more importantly the families and descendants of those 645 men who died that day in 1941 to share the memory of the engagement and sacrifice on both sides that day


Harbord Diggers RSL sub Branch


Saluting Their Service 

The creation of the Harbord RSL Sub Branch web site to  house the history of  1,900 local veterans together with a gallery of over 600 photos as a major historical source for the local schools and libraries.


Gol Gol Public School

Gol Gol

Guarding our Garden

To add two ANZAC solider silhouettes, fencing around our Lone Pine Seedling and a commemorative plaque to be a constant reminder and a constant presence guarding their memorial tree.


Goulburn Mulwaree Council


Rocky Hill War Memorial and Museum - Online

This project will develop a dedicated website to inform and educate the wider community about the military service of men and women from the Goulburn district. A key outcome is to broaden their audience by providing online access to service personnel stories, to the  digital collection, and by acting as a platform for virtual representations of our exhibition program and as a form of preservation of this work into the future. Furthermore, the project will promote the work and activities associated with the Memorial and the Museum and provide information and online access to a range of student programming, research and archive material that depicts the Memorial and Museum, their history and their regional, state and national significance.


The Association of Zgharta (Youssef Bey Karam Batal Lebanon) Australia Inc.


Anzacs In Ehden- Zgharta

The creation of a picture story of the Anzac link to Ehden Lebanon and provide the Ehden- Zgharta community, the local community and the people of Australia as a whole with access to information about their culture and heritage through a display in the Saydet Zgharta Community Precinct and website and social media platforms.


Gunnedah sub-Branch RSLNSW


Honour Local Veterans of the WW2 8th Division

After WW2 a Memorial Avenue was dedicated to the Local Veterans of the 8th Division who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The Memorial consisted of an Avenue of Trees, at the base of each, a Memorial Plaque was placed to commemorate that Veteran's Life. A  few of the trees have succumbed to the ravages of time.

To preserve the memory of those trees a section of a trunk was rescued by a local wood-turner who has made a circular Memorial Plaque to commemorate all the 8th Division Veterans. A timber tray will be purchased and engraved to display the Memorial Plaque at the Gunnedah RSL sub-Branch Office. 


Harrington-Crowdy Head RSL Sub Branch


Memorabilia Cabinet

To construct and erect a memorabilia cabinet using the services of the Harrington Men's Shed which has veterans among its members.


Karangi Public School


Anzac Memorial Garden

To create a dedicated memorial garden which will include a paved area and a specially made plaque to recognise the garden as a special site in recognition of the Anzac people and affiliated war heroes. The garden will be used to hold  Anzac Day and Remembrance Day assemblies each year and will be planted with Australian natives as well as Daffodil bulbs. A landscaper will complete the project with a local artist constructing a mosaic mural set into the paved area.


Kingswood Public School


In Poppy's Field - Remembrance Garden

 "In Poppy's Field - Remembrance Garden" will replicate the line of remembrance along Anzac Parade, Canberra from the War Memorial to Parliament House. The garden will be positioned in line with the Heritage Building built in 1872 and school flagpoles. A five metre mural with a black background and large red poppies representing each class in the school will be installed. Above the mural will be a metal silhouette of the rising sun and the words "Lest We Forget". In front of the wall will be a formal garden bed with Anzac roses planted behind five plaques with the names of five servicemen that the students will research and explore their connection to our community. 


Lavington East Public School


LEPS Anzac Memorial

To provide students at Lavington East Public School with a commemorative space in which the wider school community can use for Anzac and Remembrance Day ceremonies.


Leumeah Pubic School


Anzac Memorial Monument

The School will install a large sandstone block monument with large plaque for the school community to pay their respects at commemorations and events. This will also be used as a teaching tool to support the curriculum.


NSW Lancers Memorial Museum Incorporated


Purchase new display cabinet for Museum's post World War 2 room

Supplement the museum's existing collection of relevant artefacts by gathering more from the current serving members of the Regiment; purchase and install a new display cabinet; plan the new exhibition, prepare visitor interpretation signs and place in the cabinet; train the volunteer guides in the new exhibits


SEVENmile Ltd


Students Help Veterans Share Their Story

Produce 10 video interviews of  service personnel. Each 5minute interview will be conducted in a small Mosman studio. The interviewers will be Northern Beaches public high schools students on the northern beaches.  The interviewers will be provided with an approved set of questions and will be asked to nominate one question they propose to ask they feel is relevant and helpful for their peers to gain insights into the veteran's lives and their experiences of serving their country. The questions will be vetted to ensure they appropriately develop a profile of the veteran. 


Moruya Remembers Committee - Thelmore Pistol Club


Bronze RAAF plaque & Signage

The Moruya Remembers Committee and Thelmore Pistol Club will install a bronze RAAF eagle emblem and a bronze signage or plaque with the words 'No. 11 Operational Base Unit RAAF'  on or near the wall of the relic WW2 Operations Bunker.   Once the plaque is in place The Moruya Remembers Committee intends to commence Anzac Day Dusk Services and continue to educate local youth through their participation in commemorative events such as VP Day. 


Mosman RSL Sub-Branch


Portraits & Recollections

Members of the Mosman RSL sub-Branch and local community who have served in the Australian Defence Force or allied forces will have their portrait photograph taken and provide an interview of their military experience(s).  These will be displayed in exhibitions and reproduced in book format. The grant is to assist with the cost of producing copies of the book.


Southern Highlands Vietnam Veterans, Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Assoc.

Moss Vale

History of the Bowral Vietnam War Memorial, 

Collate documentation and personal recollections from local historical society, council and persons involved from initial concept to final construction and dedication of the Memorial and Cherry Tree Walk. To be published in a book form and distributed to local schools. local library, local historical society, local tourist information centre and local ESOs.


Bishop Druitt College

North Boambee Valley

World War II - Coffs Harbour at War

Take the Year 10 cohort on an excursion to the Coffs Harbour Bunker Cartoon Gallery, Beacon Hill Lookout and the Coffs Harbour Naval Cadet Unit. This will then be followed by students from Year 10 interacting with members of the local veteran community on school grounds in small groups on a rotational basis engaging the learners with a study of the causes, scope and nature of warfare, as well as the significant events and experiences had by Australians in war. Students will also explore the impact of the wars on Australia and why they are commemorated.


North Sydney RSL Sub-Branch

North Sydney

Major Remembrance Events North Sydney

North Sydney RSL Sub Branch runs a number of annual events that honour and mark military anniversaries and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of NSW veterans at the second largest memorial in NSW (outside Martin Place), including Remembrance Day and Anzac Day. Funding will help mark significant NSW military anniversaries, printing  of commemorative booklets, marketing and advertising and wages for external suppliers. 


North Sydney RSL Sub-Branch

North Sydney

ADF Regatta Veterans Commemorative Team

The Australian Defence Force (Director General - ADF Sport - Joint Support Services Division) has invited NSW Veterans to participate in the annual ADF Sailing Regatta at the Royal Australian Navy Sailing Association on Sydney Harbour - recognising the importance of the contribution of NSW Veterans and the importance or retaining contact with the present day ADF. This  'Veterans' Team will compete against Army, Navy and Air Force and provide much needed support and recognition to members of the NSW veteran community.


Nowra Legacy Group


Establishment of a Garden of Reflection and Memorial

Rebuild existing overgrown gardens on Legacy property. This will involve a  small group of volunteers from Nowra Legacy and HMAS Albatross, and others to remove the overgrown vines and weeds, replace tired and unproductive soil with new soil, install an in-ground watering system, plant various native shrubs and cover with mulch. There will also be a naming plate installed, recognising passed Legatees who have served the Nowra Legacy Community.


City of Penrith RSL sub-Branch


Volunteer First Aid Course

Conduct a First Aid Course for twelve volunteer Wellbeing Practitioners. The attendees will gain certification by St John Ambulance which will be of benefit when the volunteers visit & assist ageing veterans & widows suffering disabilities & social Isolation


Quakers Hill Public School

Quakers Hill

QHPS Anzac Garden

The school will build a special Anzac Garden inside school premises with a winding path down the middle,  facts about the various wars Australia has been a part of will be set in plantings either side of the path. An outline of an Australian solider made out of metal will stand in the middle of the garden. The everlasting garden  will remind students each day about what makes Australia great and how fortunate we are to live here.


Daughters of Anzac and Their Families


Anzac Parade - A Living Memorial

This project will add more stories associated with significant sites to the Daughters of Anzac website which will help to educate the general public about the relationship between the events around Anzac Parade and the First World War.  The information found so far reflects findings of the recently completed heritage study of Anzac Parade, commissioned by Randwick City Council, and could form the basis of a history walk or some other similar project.


Sawtell RSL Sub-Branch


Narrative video on a soldiers life (students perspective)

Produce a video to inform primary school aged children of the service and anecdotes of returned servicemen and women. The script will be drafted by a local veteran and a video producer. The video will then be produced and distributed online, through email correspondence with educational institutions.

A supplementary social media campaign featuring the video will also be shared. 


Blue Mountains Vietnam Veterans & Associated Forces Inc


Memorabilia Display

To display & preserve Association memorabilia and historically valuable items in a fitting manner coupled to the appropriate display & preservation of items of historical  value to the Association, including a small but significant lending library utilised by veterans &local schools for projects


Taree RSL Sub-Branch


Education Through Remembrance Project

The RSL Sub-Branch has amassed and displayed a collection of memorabilia for over 100 years. With the addition of a unique Korean War Art collection the sub-branch has an ideal opportunity to develop an information brochure, posters and labelling.


Coffs Harbour Bible Church School


Visitation to Australian War Memorial

Take students to the Australian War Memorial to educate them, not only on the history of war, but specifically the history of Australia and War. To foster an appreciation for what our Veterans experienced and what our current military personnel are still experiencing today.


Trangie United Services Memorial Club 


Anzac Day 2021

Purchase 2 new wreaths and catering for the Dawn Service 


Vincentia High School


Living Commemorative Garden

Educate current and future generations of students on the contribution of indigenous Australians to our military history. This project will also encourage our local indigenous community to feel valued and respected for past and ongoing service to the Australian Defence Force and also act as an impetus for an increased presence at special commemorative events at our school.