$12,188 for commemorative space in Wangaratta
PHOTO: Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan joined Wangaratta RSL Sub-Branch president Lt Gen Ret’d Ash Power AO, CSC this week to discuss how the grant money for a commemorative site would be used.
Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan said a $12,118 grant awarded to the Wangaratta RSL Sub-Branch would boost the recognition of local residents who had served in WWI.
Ms McGowan joined Wangaratta RSL Sub-Branch president Lieutenant General Retired Ash Power AO, CSC at the former Sydney Hotel site, the sub-branch’s future home, this week to talk about the project plan.
“It will be a memorial area that recognises the service and sacrifices of all uniforms in WWI. There will be a chair so people can sit, rest and reflect.” Ms Power said.
“People have donated $50 to have a brick with their name or a loved one’s name and regiment number inscribed. For me, it’s my name, regiment number and Afghanistan, while for my grandfather the significant part is the Somme. The brick wall will be facing the road so it will be easy for everyone to see.”
Mr Power said applications for memorial bricks can still be made by calling the Wangaratta RSL sub-branch on (03) 5721 2501.
Ms McGowan said she was looking forward to seeing the completed project.
“President Ash Power and the sub-branch committee made a strong application for this grant. The money will help to create a space in Wangaratta that serves as a lasting legacy to those who served during WWI,” Ms McGowan said.
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.