Commemorations in Indi to mark the landing at Gallipoli 100 years ago have been enhanced through ANZAC Centenary projects. Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, thanked the local groups responsible for planning and implementing ANZAC Centenary projects.
Ms McGowan said the ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program had been a worthy and important initiative provided by the Federal Government. Local community groups were engaged in the process and RSLs in Indi provided excellent input during the submission phase.
“This program has provided communities with the chance to proceed with ANZAC projects that will have significant prominence for the ANZAC Centenary,” Ms McGowan said.
“The 13 RSLs are key community groups in Indi, which has a strong and rich history of military involvement and this must be recognised and honoured through projects for perpetuity.”
Ms McGowan said the diversity of projects demonstrated how the ANZAC story had become such a big part of Australian culture.
As part of the centenary of ANZAC in 2015, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) made $125,000 available to fund projects across Indi. Ms McGowan honoured a decision made by the Indi ANZAC Committee to cap individual grants at $10,000 to ensure the greatest number of communities receive access to the funds.
“Thanks to the Indi ANZAC Committee (see below) for the professional and diligent approach to assessing the applications for submission to the DVA. It was a privilege to work with them on this program,” she said.
With $125,000 of Federal funding coming into Indi, Ms McGowan said this delivered another benefit for communities. “These projects will also have great value for tourism. Any attractions adding to what is now offered in our communities helps keep visitors in the North East longer.”
2015 ANZAC Centenary Local Grants
Rutherglen RSL Sub-Branch - $7980
Benalla RSL Sub-Branch - $8980
Lucyvale Tennis Club – $5990
Greta Sporting Complex – $8980
Whorouly Memorial Park Committee – $4985
Jamieson Community Group – $4250
Wangaratta RSL Sub-Branch – $8980
Kiewa RSL Sub-Branch – $5840
Corryong RSL Sub-Branch – $8700
Mansfield RSL Sub-Branch – $8487
Beechworth RSL Sub-Branch – $8416
Bright RSL Sub-Branch– $3615
Wangaratta High School – $3883
Mansfield Historical Society – $8250
Beechworth Theatre Company – $4467
Chiltern Athenaeum – $5800
Myrtleford RSL Sub-Branch – $10,000
Bonegilla Hall – $1287
Bonegilla Hall Management Committee – $4432
Chiltern Athenaeum – $505
Eskdale Primary School – $750
Indi ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Committee (pictured)
Mr David Martin OAM - Secretary, Rutherglen RSL Sub Branch
Mr Bruce Bingham - President, Mansfield RSL Sub Branch
Mr Doug Brockfield - Milawa Heritage Group
Nr Norm Fearn - Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch
Ms Barbara Riedel - Legacy Representative, Army Logistics Training Centre (absent)
Mr Peter Dixon - community Representative, Wodonga
Mr Kevyn Williams - President, Wodonga RSL Sub Branch
Mr Henry Andrews - President, Alexandra RSL
Mr Doug Williams - Benalla RSL Sub Branch