201411.11

77,000 REASONS TO REMEMBER OUR ANZACS

Local Federal Member for Dunkley Bruce Billson today announced nine local groups in the electorate will share in more than $77,000 in funding to deliver projects commemorating the service and sacrifice of Australian troops in the First World War.

Mr Bruce Billson said the projects aim to ensure the spirit of the Anzacs is remembered long into the future.

“We have received so many great ideas to remember our Anzacs and to share their history with coming generations,” Mr Billson said.

“Some of these ideas include commemorative bronze information plaques for the Rotunda on the Avenue of Honour in Mornington Park and a First World War educational book for primary students.

“So far funding has been approved for projects ranging between $1000 and $58,000. It is great win for the community to have nine applications approved by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and there are still more local grants pending.

“The First World War was a significant part of Australia’s history. This funding will ensure future generations understand the sacrifices made so we can all enjoy the freedoms of today.”

Funding has been approved for:
• Frankston RSL Sub-branch to deliver the ‘Frankston Remembers Project’

• Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to supply four commemorative bronze information plaques for the Rotunda on the Avenue of Honour in Mornington Park.

• Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to refurbish Mornington’s First World War Honour Roll.

• Mornington Peninsula Family History Society Inc. to host an event to commemorate the Centenary of recruits leaving Frankston for the First World War at the Mechanics Institute.

• Australian Society of Authors to develop a First World War publication to the primary schools in Dunkley as well as an event to launch the publication.

• Mornington Heritage Support Group to refurbish Mornington’s First World War cenotaph.

• Mornington and District Historical Society to produce 100 Souvenir Editions of the publication ‘Our Boys on the Front’ which gives an account of the Mornington community’s involvement in the First World War.

• Mornington and District Historical Society Inc to provide a souvenir publication based on a modified version of the 1915 Peninsula Post newspaper and containing three pages of actual newspaper articles covering the Gallipoli landings

• Mornington RSL Sub-branch to provide plaques bearing the names of Mornington’s First World War volunteers to be carried by local high school students as part of First World War ceremonies.

The Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program is a key element of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary program and up to $125,000 has been made available for the electorate to support projects commemorating the First World War.