Saluting the Service of Gympie and Mary Valley defence personnel

June 7, 2021

Wide Bay will remember the service and sacrifice of our Australian Defence Force personnel through two grants from the Morrison Government’s Saluting Their Service commemorative grants program, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien announced today.

“The Gympie RSL Sub-Branch will receive $10,000 to restore the memorial gates and stonework at the entrance to Gympie Memorial Park on Mary Street,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The Mary Valley RSL Sub-Branch will receive $10,000 to restore the Kandanga Memorial located on Main Street near Margaret Street, and upgrade the Imbil Memorial Clock in Imbil’s main street.

“These projects will help Gympie, Kandanga and Imbil to commemorate the role that servicemen and women from these areas have played in shaping the nation, and ensures the stories of those who have served from our region are preserved in our local communities.”

Mr O’Brien said it is important to maintain, preserve and enhance commemorative memorials so they can continue to be places of reflection for future generations.

“Special memorials like these help us to remember the servicemen and women who dedicated their lives to Australia and our freedom,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I encourage other organisations in Wide Bay to apply for funding from the Saluting Their Service program to install and upgrade memorials that pay tribute to the sacrifices made by these brave men and women.

“I thank the Gympie and Mary Valley RSL Sub-Branches who work tirelessly to ensure that our service personnel receive the recognition that they deserve, and thank you to all Australian service personnel for your service and sacrifice.”

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.


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.