Local projects vie for a share of $125,000 to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landing

A local project to develop a book to teach primary school children about World War One could be developed after local Federal MP Bruce Billson submitted the project for funding.

It is one of five projects that have been selected by Mr Billson and a local committee to help commemorate the Centenary of the Gallipoli landing.

Mr Billson said the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program encourages communities to develop projects which commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian  servicemen and women in the First World War.

“It’s important that as our nation ages we remember where we have come from and what those before us have done to ensure our way of life,” Mr Billson said.

“The Abbott Coalition Government has allocated up to $125,000 per Federal electorate, an increase of $25,000 on the previous Labor Government’s commitment, for local Centenary of the Gallipoli Landing commemorative projects chosen with the assistance of a local selection committee.

“I am pleased a total of five projects totalling $80,991 were presented to the local selection committee earlier this year and were all endorsed.”

The projects nominated include:

  • a major community commemorative ceremony involving local ex-service men and women celebrating 100 years since recruits left Frankston for World War
  • a book to teach primary school children about the first World War
  • the refurbishment and upgrade of the Honour Roll in Mornington’s Memorial Park
  • information plaques along the proposed Avenue of Honour Rotunda in Mornington Park
  • a series of events and remembrance entitled ‘Frankston remembers the Centenary of ANZAC.

“I thank the leading community organisations and individuals who have submitted thoughtful and high quality projects which reflect on this very significant part of our history,” Mr Billson said.

“The projects honour and respect those who served, recognise the significance of the Gallipoli landing and our nation’s WW1 sacrifice and educate and inform the community about the link between military service and the freedoms we enjoy today.

“Our local commemorations will reflect community expectations and contribute to a nationwide year of commemorations in 2015.”

Nominations are still open for the remaining funding and the selection committee will consider proposals received by the closing date of 25 May 2014.

The program is administered by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and further information is available at http://www.anzaccentenary.gov.au