Re: ‘Grave restoration provides spark for a wider outcome’, Sentinel-Times, Wednesday, December 28; while the Wonthaggi RSL grant application to restore the important Padfield grave was not successful, we will be looking at other ways and other grants to fund this restoration in the 2017.
The lesson from the first grant application was that community contributions are a critical component for a successful grant application.
Unless the community shows interest in real terms then the grant assessors will conclude that the subject does not have community support and will therefore receive a low priority in the assessment process.
To see this project go forward will require a community contribution of at least $5000 or 20 per cent of the project cost plus the work value of the volunteers involved in the project.
The Wonthaggi RSL will look forward to the generous support to add to our contribution, from those in the community interested seeing this project go forward.
Rod Gallagher, secretary, Wonthaggi RSL.