$10,835 granted to local RSL Sub-Branches
Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has congratulated another two local RSL sub-branches on receiving federal grants for their 2018 Armistice Day commemorations.
Wodonga RSL Sub-Branch has been granted $7,835 to create a centenary service wall memorial at the entrance to the Reis Street building in Wodonga. Kiewa RSL will use its $3000 grant to present the lives and experiences of Australian soldiers at Charleroi, Belgium, during WWI at public events between 9 and 11 November.
Wodonga RSL Sub-Branch senior vice president Peter White said the memorial would help engage young people in local war history.
“We’re trying to make the RSL more accessible and attract young people to the RSL to help them understand what happened during WWI,” Mr White said.
Kiewa RSL Sub-Branch secretary Damien Ley said the exhibition about Australian soldiers’ experiences would link the local efforts during WWI back to the Kiewa Valley.
“There were some soldiers from here in the Kiewa Valley who were at Charleroi in Belgium. After WWI, Lockharts Creek – which is between Tangambalanga and Sandy Creek - was renamed Charleroi,” Mr Ley said.
Ms McGowan has worked with seven RSL Sub Branches and one historical society in Indi to apply for funding under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program.
Money has been allocated to the Bright, Rutherglen and Mansfield RSL sub-branches, while another three projects are being assessed.
“All of the applications are strong. The projects will be a great benefit to local communities and I look forward to seeing the efforts come together for Armistice Day on November 11,” Ms McGowan said.
The Armistice Centenary Grants Program provides a one-off $50,000 allocation for each electorate to help local projects gain funding for Armistice Day commemorations in 2018.