- Deputy Premier inspects progress of Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk
- $1 billion Regional Growth Fund provided $243,000 for stage three of the project
- Victorian Coalition Government building a better Victoria
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan yesterday inspected progress of the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk in Seymour.
Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund had invested $243,000 in the third and final stage of the project, which was nearing completion.
“The memorial, once completed, will be a poignant reminder of the sacrifice many Australians made in Vietnam,” Mr Ryan said.
“We also expect the walk to draw tourists into the Seymour region, creating vital jobs locally.”
Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan said the project created an important monument that would honour the more than 60,000 Australians who served in Vietnam.
“Of those 60,000 who served, 3000 were wounded, 521 lost their lives and those who did return often received a hostile reception due to the controversial nature of the Vietnam War,” Ms Ryan said.
“The Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk will be an important monument and a place for quiet reflection on the sacrifice made by Australia’s Vietnam servicemen and women.
“The stage three works include the installation of military artefacts and lighting, wall panels to honour recipients of the Victoria Cross, the construction of two car parks, extra landscaping, paving, footpaths and drainage.”
Member for Seymour Cindy McLeish said the overall project would be completed at a cost in excess of $2.5 million and with significant in-kind input from the Mitchell Shire Council and the local community.
“Stages one and two of the project have been completed at a cost of $1.7 million and include the construction of the Luscombe Bowl and Memorial Cairn (stage one) and construction of the Commemorative Wall (stage two),” Ms McLeish said.
“This project is wonderful example of the Coalition Government’s Regional Growth Fund working with local government and community organisations to deliver local projects nominated by the community, not dreamed up by some politician in Melbourne.
“I thank and congratulate our stage three project partners, including Mitchell Shire Council for providing $100,000, in-kind support, Mitchell Sub Branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia for contributing $81,000 and the Commonwealth Government for providing $500,000.”
Mr Ryan said the Regional Growth Fund was investing in community-led projects to strategically drive jobs, investment and innovation in rural and regional Victoria.
“Since it was established in 2011, the Regional Growth Fund has delivered more than $400 million, generating around $1.6 billion in total investment across more than 1,440 projects,” Mr Ryan said.
During his visit to Seymour Mr Ryan also met with local businesses, toured the Visitor Information Centre and met with the Seymour Football Netball Club.
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