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Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State

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Friday, 19 December 2014
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ADDITIONAL LOCAL GRANTS AWARDED TO HONOUR FIRST WORLD WAR SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson has today announced a further 415 grants totalling more than $3.4 million under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program, and additional funding towards seven grants already awarded. 

There are now more than 1,020 community-based Anzac Centenary projects totalling $8.7 million funded through the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.  These projects are being implemented across the 150 Federal electorates and recognise the contribution of servicemen and women who served during the First World War in defence of our nation.

Some of the projects recently approved for funding include:

  • an exhibition entitled "In Memory" honouring Aboriginal servicemen and women of the South Coast of New South Wales;
  • the establishment of the Holsworthy Public Art Memorial in Western Sydney;
  • contribution towards the “Centenary of ANZAC Jewish” program at the Sydney Jewish Museum;
  • a series of concerts "Memories and Music from World War One" to be performed in Victoria;
  • the placement of photos of First World War soldiers in prominent places around Bunbury and nearby towns in Western Australia; and
  • the construction of memorial gardens of remembrance in a number of schools across Australia.

Projects such as these are indicative of communities’ enthusiasm and interest in Anzac Centenary commemorations, of which the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program is a key element.  They ensure that community-based commemoration in honour of our ex-servicemen and women are at the heart of the Centenary of Anzac and that the legacies of all Australians involved live on for future generations.

Funding of up to $125,000 has been made available through the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program to each of the 150 Federal electorates to support projects commemorating the First World War. 

More information about the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program is available at www.anzaccentenary.gov.au.

Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program, grants approved (PDF 222 KB) (DOC 598 KB)

Media inquiries:      Minister Ronaldson: Jordi Procel 02 6277 7820 or 0448 232 908
                                Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203                                      

Editor’s note: In accordance with the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines, approved grants will be added to the list on the Anzac Centenary website within 14 days of the funding agreement between DVA and the organisation taking effect.

 

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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