More than 60,000 Australian servicemen and women were deployed to Vietnam between 1962 and 1975.
Over 500 never returned. Many who did return had physical and emotional scars.
The Australian Government has launched the Honouring Australian Vietnam Veterans schools competition and the Nationals Duty Senator for Hunter John Williams is encouraging students in Years 9 and 10 to participate.
He said the competition encourages students to explore the service of Australia’s Vietnam veterans and to reflect on the importance of remembering their involvement in the conflict.
“Students can submit responses in a variety of ways, including multi-media, artworks, musical compositions or essays.
Winning students will be invited to attend a three-day Canberra Commemorative Programme in August 2016, where they will visit cultural institutions and attend the national commemorative event marking the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.
The Federal government is providing a further $1 million in funding as the fight against the ICE scourge ramps up.
The $1 million will be made available to Crime Stoppers to commence a national ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign according to the Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams.
He said information from the public is essential if police and crime agencies are to prevent illegal drugs ending up on our rural and regional streets, and having a devastating impact on users and their families.
Senator Williams said the campaign will ask community members to report people who are dealing illegal drugs as part of a national initiative to crack down on the supply of ICE at our borders and in our communities.
Tweed and Byron Shire Councils will share in over $12 million this financial year under the Australian Government’s Financial Assistance Grant programme.
The Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams said he was pleased to advise that Tweed Shire Council will receive $9.49 million and Byron Shire Council $2.77 million as part of a $2.3 billion allocation nationwide.
He said Tweed Shire received an early payment of $4.67 million and Byron Shire $1.29 million, while the first quarterly payments have just been made and Tweed Shire can expect $1.20 million and Byron Shire $369,000.
Senator Williams said from 2015-16 to 2018-19 Local Governments throughout Australia will share in $9.45 billion under the FAG’s programme and the funds are untied which means they can be spent on local priorities.
“This is in addition to the Government’s $3.2 billion Roads to Recovery programme - $1.45 billion more than Labor provided under their programme.
Cessnock, Muswellbrook, Singleton and Upper Hunter Councils will share in over $17 million under the Australian Government’s Financial Assistance Grants (FAG’s) programme this financial year.
Nationwide Local Governments will share in $2.3 billion in the 12 months period including $1.1 billion in FAG’s already paid to Councils
The Nationals Duty Senator for Hunter John Williams says Cessnock City Council will receive $6.89 million in total, having received an early payment of $3.49 million and shortly a first quarter payment of $850,000.
Senator Williams said Upper Hunter Shire will receive a total allocation of $4.44 million, having received an early payment of $2.19 million and a first quarter amount of $563,000.
Singleton Council will receive a total of $3.36 million, early payment of $1.67 million and first quarter amount of $422,000; and Muswellbrook Shire’s allocation for the 12 months is $3.30 million of which $1.67 million has already been paid and shortly the first quarter amount of $407,000.