$170,000 for Anzac and Armistice centenary grants
Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has congratulated seven local RSL sub-branches and the Mansfield Historical Society on completing projects ahead of the 2018 Armistice Day commemorations.
Ms McGowan has worked with the RSL sub-branches and historical society to achieve a total of $45,666 under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program. The money is addition to the $124,777 that was received in Indi under the Anzac Centenary Grants Program.
Wodonga RSL Sub-Branch received $7,835 under the Federal Government’s Armistice Centenary grants program to create a centenary service wall memorial at the entrance to the Reid Street building in Wodonga. Ms McGowan unveiled the memorial today with Wodonga RSL Sub-Branch senior vice president Peter White.
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 has used 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. Ms McGowan will attend the opening of the exhibition tonight at the invitation of Kiewa RSL Sub-Branch secretary Damien Ley.
Mr 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.
The other Indi projects that were funded under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program are:
$2668 to the Benalla RSL Sub-Branch for a memorial story board commemorating the First World War Australian Flying Corps;
$6500 to the Bright RSL Sub-Branch to create and screen an Armistice Centenary Film Festival;
$12,188 to the Wangaratta RSL Sub-Branch to recognise local residents who served in WWI with a memorial brick wall at the former Sydney Hotel site;
$3475 to the Mansfield Historical Society to create a memorial garden with plaques and a timber chair to recognise five local nurses who served in World War I;
$5000 to the Rutherglen RSL Sub-Branch for the Carlyle Cemetery Memorial Cross;
$5000 to the Mansfield RSL Sub-Branch for final refurbishment of the Mansfield Memorial Gate;
“All these projects are of lasting benefit to local communities and I am pleased to see the efforts come together for Armistice Day on November 11,” Ms McGowan said.