22 April 2015

Torquay garden ready for Anzac Day

“A quiet place of reflection,” is the way Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson described the new John Spittle Centenary commemorative garden constructed at the new Torquay RSL at the Torquay Bowls Club.

“This garden provides a very special place for veterans and other community members to contemplate the service and sacrifice of the men and women who served on behalf of our nation.”

“I congratulate the Torquay RSL on its vision. Of course, the sub-branch is front and centre of one of the largest Anzac Day services in Victoria when it is expected that some 20,000 people will gather at dawn at Point Danger on Saturday morning.”

“I am delighted the Federal Government helped fund the construction of the garden with a $6,520 Anzac Centenary Local Grant received for this garden. This is the second such grant awarded to the Torquay community after $18,650 was announced by the Prime Minister Tony Abbott for a memorial at Point Danger.”

“The Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program enables communities to support commemorations at the local level by giving them the opportunity to secure funding for projects which preserve the stories of local servicemen and women for generations to come.”

Across Australia, $125,000 has been made available to be divided up in each Federal electorate for community and ex-service groups to spend on commemorative programs.

The Centenary of Anzac will mark a century of service and sacrifice, encompassing all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australians have been involved. It will be the most significant period of commemoration in our nation’s history and the Government is committed to providing opportunities for all Australians to participate.

The Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program is a key element of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary program, more information is available at www.anzaccentenary.gov.au