July 4, 2023

Improvements to the Pomona Rotunda War Memorial will bring renewed emphasis to the war time service and sacrifice of local men and women, with the installation of a memorial seat and plaque funded by the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program.

 Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today that Cooroy-Pomona Lions Club will receive $9,000 to support the ongoing restoration of the Rotunda War Memorial, which was completed and commemorated in 1939 to honour the service and sacrifice of those who fought in World War I.

 Mr O’Brien was accompanied by the Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Leader of the Nationals, David Littleproud for his visit to the Lions clubhouse today.

 The Saluting Their Service grants are awarded to projects that commemorate the service and sacrifice of our military personnel in wars, conflicts, and peace operations,” Mr O’Brien said.

 “The Cooroy-Pomona Lions Club, in conjunction with the Cooroy-Pomona RSL Sub-Branch, Noosa Council, and other community groups and individuals, have been working to restore the rotunda memorial as an important regional memorial and an appropriate space for commemorative activities.”

 “I’m also pleased to announce that the Cooroy-Pomona Lions Club is to receive an additional $2,675 from the Australian Government’s Volunteers Grant to purchase a trailer for their recycle program,” Mr O’Brien said.

 “The Cooroy-Pomona Lions are very grateful to receive this funding,” President, Mrs Heather Manders said.

 “The Saluting Their Service grant will be used to install a remembrance seat and plaque to honour our fallen soldiers at Joe Bazzo Park, and the Volunteer Grant will provide a trailer for our Cash for Cans Program, where all funds raised go back to the local community.”

 “The Lions Club does wonderful work in the community, and this funding will assist them with their community and commemorative activities,” Mr Littleproud said.

 “Volunteers are often the glue that holds communities together, and they make a real and positive difference in the lives of others.” 


In the spirit of Australia, I acknowledge all citizens who contribute to making our nation the greatest on earth.

I acknowledge our defence force personnel, past, present, and emerging, for their service to our nation, and particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of Australia.

I also acknowledge the Australian taxpayers who, through their hard work, pay for the infrastructure, health, education, and emergency services that keep our proud nation healthy, safe, and prosperous.