Saluting the Service of Maryborough Air Force and defence personnel

June 11, 2021

Wide Bay’s aviation history resources will reach new heights, with federal funding to purchase a DH82 Tiger Moth for the Maryborough Military Aviation Museum, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien announced today.
Mr O’Brien said the Museum would receive $10,000 through the Morrison Government’s Saluting Their Service commemorative grants program for the aircraft, with an additional $2,000 to install flagpoles.
“Maryborough has a proud military history, and the Military Aviation Museum plays a crucial role in recording the stories of those who served at the RAAF Base in Maryborough, as well as being a key link in the Fraser Coast Military Trail,” Mr O’Brien said. 

“This funding will assist with the Museum’s acquisition of a Tiger Moth aircraft, which will allow them to bring history to life, preserving real and poignant links to the airmen who were stationed at Maryborough, and ensuring their legacy is remembered by future generations,” Mr O’Brien said.

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.
“The volunteer committee of the Maryborough Military Aviation Museum Complex has worked hard to grow the fledgling aviation museum and deserve congratulations on their successful grant application,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The museum offers important educational programs for local students and is a significant tourism drawcard in the Fraser Coast Military Trail, with economic benefit to the wider community through the domestic tourism that it brings to the region.
“Special memorials like these help us to remember the servicemen and women who dedicated their lives to Australia and our freedom, and 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.

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.