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GRANT CHANGES TO ALLOW MORE COMMEMORATIVE PROJECTS TO BE FUNDED IN O’CONNOR

Commemorative projects in O’Connor may benefit from a funding boost and expanded eligibility of the Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants Program.

Federal member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the expansion to the STS Grants Program is part of the Government’s election commitments, and will see an extra $10 million allocated over the next four years to continue to honour the service and sacrifice of those who have served their country.

“The STS Grants Program is aimed at acknowledging and commemorating those who served Australia and its allies in wars, conflicts and peace operations,” Mr Wilson said.

“With this is mind, we are expanding the program to increase the funds available and will also be opening up the eligibility so more projects are able to be funded than ever before.

“The funding increase means extra opportunities for local projects in O’Connor to commemorate their local military heroes.

“Our community has a proud military history, with many veterans now calling O’Connor home, and many more before them having served our nation,” Mr Wilson said.

“I encourage the community here in O’Connor to review the new guidelines and apply for a grant to carry on the legacy of commemoration and ensure our veterans are never forgotten.

The revised guidelines will see a shift in focus to conflicts post the First World War, and also mean projects such as documentaries, and digital projects such as digital honour rolls and podcasts, can have funds allocated.

The new guidelines will come into effect in November 2019. For more information about the new guidelines, or to apply for a Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grant, visit the Community Grants Hub or GrantConnect web sites.

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.