$100k in grants available for ANZAC centenary

FEDERAL Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack, has welcomed the announcement of $100,000 in funding for grants being made available for the Riverina electorate to celebrate the centenary of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) in 2014-2018.

“The centenary of ANZAC will be one of the most important occasions in our nation’s history, and it is terrific that $100,000 is available for the Riverina to partake in the commemoration,” Mr McCormack said.

Communities are encouraged to start identifying local initiatives which recognise the service of Australians during WWI.

“416,809 Australians served during the First World War, including a significant number from the Riverina. The impact of the war was felt by every family and community around the nation, but had a particular effect on country communities,” Mr McCormack said.

“Now is the time for us to honour their service and sacrifice.”

Projects which could be considered for funding include:

  • Public commemorative events
  • New WWI memorials and honour boards
  • Restoration of existing WWI memorials and honour boards
  • The preservation, interpretation and display of WWI wartime and military memorabilia and artefacts
  • School projects related to WWI.

Further information on the grants can be accessed via the ANZAC centenary website, which will be available shortly (www.anzaccentenary.gov.au), or by contacting Mr McCormack’s office. 

Cristy Houghton