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SUPPORTING A LASTING TRIBUTE TO OUR PEACEKEEPERS

The Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project (APMP) has been granted Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status by the Australian Tax Office, which means donations towards the construction of the memorial will be tax deductible.

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, said we can honour the service and sacrifice of Australia’s peacekeepers by giving generously to the construction of the Peacekeepers Memorial.

“The memorial will be a reminder for all Australians of the hard work undertaken by our peacekeepers in many of the world’s troubled areas, such as Rwanda, Cambodia, the Middle East, Mozambique, East Timor, the Solomon Islands, Iraq and Afghanistan.”

More than 66,000 Australians have served as peacekeepers in over 50 United Nations (UN) peace operations. This year marks 65 years since Australia’s contribution to the first UN peacekeeping mission to the Netherlands East Indies, now Indonesia, in 1947.

Mr Snowdon said peacekeepers are a diverse group of men and women who are not only members of the defence force, but also the Australian Federal Police, state police agencies and civilians.

“Our peacekeepers’ contribution to world peace and stability is something all Australians can be proud of and this memorial will stand as a lasting tribute to their efforts.”

In 2006, the Australian Government provided $200,000 to the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project Committee towards the construction of the memorial.

Once built the memorial will occupy its place on Anzac Parade in Canberra alongside our other national memorials.

For more information on how to donate to the project visit the donations page.

Information on Australian Peacekeepers and current deployments around the world is available at www.defence.gov.au/adfwc/peacekeeping/aipo.htm

Media inquiries: Minister Snowdon: Marcus Butler 02 6277 7820 / 0417 917 796
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203