Local, Independant and Effective
June 06, 2018

$11,500 for RSL sub-branches

Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has congratulated two local RSL branches on receiving federal grants for their 2018 Armistice Day commemorations.

Bright RSL Sub-Branch has been granted $6,500 to produce a video about the sub-branch and show six World War I films on and around Armistice Day.

Sub-Branch president Kevin Black said the films would be shown at Cloud 9 Cinema in Bright.

“The RSL has never been in the business of glorifying war; it’s been in the business of looking after people who were badly damaged by the war and remembering those who never returned,” Mr Black said.

“Getting the grant means we can go ahead and now make a detailed plan about how we will go about showing these films to the community.”

Mansfield Sub-Branch is set to use its $5,000 grant for maintenance works.

Sub-Branch president Major Bruce Bingham said the panel above the Mansfield Memorial Gate would be replaced, while the gate’s granite panels would be polished and the service plaque would be regilded.

The grants were approved by Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester as part of the Armistice Centenary Grant Program, which allocates up to $50,000 for projects in each Federal Electorate.

Ms McGowan said another six local projects had nominated for grants under the program.

“All of the applications are strong and show a link to community engagement for Armistice Day commemorations,” Ms McGowan said.

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