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Indi ANZAC Centenary Grants - seven approvals a good start

Posted July 07, 2014

 

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Seven ANZAC projects to mark 2015 have been given the go-ahead thanks to $50,000 being approved from the Federal Government’s Anzac Centenary Program.

Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, was pleased to hear the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program has given approval for seven projects from 21 submissions from Indi. These were evaluated by the Indi ANZAC Committee - a group of Indi residents formed to assist Ms McGowan in assessing applications as well as acting as ambassadors for the program.

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 her predecessor, Sophie Mirabella, and the Indi Anzac Committee to cap individual grants at $10,000 to ensure the greatest number of communities receive access to the funds.

“Thanks must go to the Indi Anzac Committee for the professional and diligent approach to assessing the applications for submission to the DVA. It was a privilege to meet them and work with them on this program—2015 will be an important year for RSLs and communities,” Ms McGowan said.

Ms McGowan said the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program had been a worthy and important initiative. She said it was pleasing to see local community groups engage in the process and RSLs in Indi provided excellent input during the submission phase.

“This program has provided local communities with the chance to proceed with ANZAC projects that will have real impetus going into 2015, the centenary of ANZAC,” 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. I attended two ANZAC Day services this year – Mansfield and Kinglake – and members of both sub-branches told me the turnout to memorials and Dawn Services is growing every year.”

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.”

Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program approved projects

  • Rutherglen RSL Sub-branch - $6000 - 1.8metre WWI granite soldier for Rutherglen Memorial Park
  • Beechworth RSL Sub-branch - $8416 – Refurbish cenotaph in Beechworth Town Hall gardens
  • Chiltern Athenaeum - $5800 – Restore German Krupp 77mm cannon wheels in Chiltern War Memorial
  • Lucyvale Tennis Club - $5990 – Two cabinets for memorabilia display, honour roll and plaques
  • Greta Sporting Complex - $8980 – Honour board, plaque, paved area at Greta-Hansonville Hall
  • Whorouly Memorial Park Committee - $4895 – restore Whorouly Memorial, tree planting, plaques, honour board, commemorative booklet
  • Wangaratta RSL Sub-branch - $8980 – WWI granite memorial wall, install flagpole

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