03 September 2018

Local projects acknowledging 100th anniversary of Armistice receive Australian Government funding

Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, has commended local community organisations on receiving Federal Government funding to develop their project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War.

The following Corangamite projects have received grants:

  • Colac RSL Sub-Branch: $3,320 to conduct a commemorative service on Remembrance Day and set up a display of WW1 artefacts.
  • Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Sub-Branch: $13,637 to erect two honour rolls as part of the completion of the Ocean Grove War Memorial in Ocean Grove Park.
  • Preceptory Inc: $2,995 to hold an educational event to present age-appropriate content about WW1 to local scouts in Colac.
  • Lorne RSL Sub-Branch Building Patriotic Fund: $9,999 to enhance the Anzac Memorial Park in Lorne including the relocation of flagpoles and the planting of a Lone Pine memorial tree.
  • Torquay Museum without Walls Inc: $5,711 to publish a book documenting 608 men and women from the Surf Coast Shire who served in the First World War.
  • Torquay RSL Sub-Branch Inc: $4,500 to install commemorative seating fitted with engraved plaques and inlaid with poppies on the foreshore at White Beach.
  • TPI Victoria Inc: $4,091 to frame images and display memorabilia for an exhibition at the Geelong RSL Club to honour Victoria Cross recipients from the First World War who had local connections to Geelong.

“These grants have been designed to deliver local projects and activities to communities like ours, to commemorate Australia’s role in the First World War and pay tribute to service men and women and the Armistice Centenary,” Ms Henderson said.

“The commitment of organisations such as our local RSLs and Preceptory Inc ensures communities like ours can preserve our local history for future generations.”

Under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program every electorate in Australia will receive up to $50,000 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War.

Two further organisations in Corangamite have received funding through the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) Grants to assist with the provision of advocacy services. They are:

  • Geelong Surf Coast Regional Veteran Centre ($41,752)
  • Torquay RSL Sub Branch Inc ($5240)

BEST grants are an important part of the Government’s commitment to support ex-service organisations.

3 September 2018