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Citizens encouraged to support local Anzac centenary projects

Friday 17 April 2015:

The centenary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli is the most significant period of commemoration in our nation’s history and for our region.

In the lead up to Anzac Day, I encourage Dunkley residents, businesses and visitors to support the many local projects and events commemorating the centenary.

There are Anzac Day services and marches in Frankston, Mornington and Seaford and a service in Mount Eliza.

Local projects vary from a special edition newspaper to a primary school educational resource, commemorative plaques and the restoration of existing memorabilia such as cenotaphs.

They aim to ensure the spirit of the Anzacs is remembered long into the future, and I thank all of the groups involved for their commitment and ideas.

I also want to acknowledge the current generation of courageous serving men and women, our veterans and our Reserve Defence units for their sacrifice.

Your selfless and brave service to our nation enables the freedoms of today, and on behalf of the Dunkley community, I am forever grateful.

I hope to catch up with many of you at local events. I will be attending a special school children’s service at Seaford RSL on Friday 24th April, and on Anzac Day am speaking at the Frankston RSL Sub Branch service as well as attending others.

So that citizens can seek them out, below is information on 10 of the local projects. The Commonwealth Government provided almost $95,000 in funding under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program for these projects:

Frankston Remembers Project including the Anzac Day 2015 Newspaper- Frankston RSL, Frankston RSL Sub-branch
* Four commemorative bronze plaques– The Rotunda, Avenue of Honour in Mornington Park – To be ready on Remembrance Day, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
* Refurbishment of Mornington’s First World War Honour Roll, Barkly Street, Memorial Park, Mornington, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
* Centenary of recruits leaving Frankston event Has occurred – Mechanics Institute, Mornington Peninsula Family History Society Inc.
* First World War primary school resource book, Local primary schools, Australian Society of Authors
*Refurbishment of Mornington’s First World War cenotaph, Mornington Memorial Park, Mornington Heritage Support Group
* Production of 100 Souvenir Editions of the publication ‘Our Boys on the Front’, Mornington and District Historical Society
* Souvenir publication based on the 1915 Peninsula Post newspaper, Mornington and District Historical Society Inc.
* Plaques bearing the names of Mornington’s First World War volunteers to be carried by local high school students at ceremonies, Local Anzac ceremonies, Mornington RSL Sub-branch
* Commemorative interpretive signage, Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve – To be ready in coming months, Parks Victoria