Four memorial projects planned for Indi have attracted more than $20,000 in Federal funding.
Two more ANZAC projects to mark 2015 have been given the go-ahead thanks to more than $14,500 being approved from the Federal Government’s Anzac Centenary Program. The latest recipients to be notified are the Corryong RSL Sub-branch ($8700) to fund a gas-powered cauldron and Kiewa RSL sub-branch ($5840) for memorial plaques recognising WWI veterans in Yackandandah, Kiewa and Sandy Creek.
Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, was pleased to hear the Federal Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program had now given approval for 15 projects from 20 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 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,” she said.
Centenary program benefits communities
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
- Corryong RSL Sub-branch - $8700 – gas powered cauldron at Corryong Cenotaph
- Kiewa RSL sub-branch – $5840 – memorial wall, recognising WWI veterans, Yackandandah, Kiewa and Sandy Creek
Saluting Their Service boost for projects in Wahgunyah and Benalla
Two community projects in Indi have attracted funding through the Saluting Their Service Commemorations Programme.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson, recently advised the Independent Member for Indi of the Wahgunyah Progress Association and Benalla RSL sub-branch’s successful applications.
“Thanks to Minister Ronaldson and the Department of Veterans for recognising the worth of these projects that will enhance the local communities,” Ms McGowan said.
Saluting their Service is a Federal Government program to honour service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women who have fought in wars, conflicts and peace operations. The initiative also works to promote an understanding of the role played by those in military service and also preserve wartime heritage.
Seek Federal funding for worthy projects
Ms McGowan is encouraging local groups with projects of a military nature to apply for funding through the Federal Government programme.
“Honouring the feats of our servicemen and women is an important part of recording our military participation and history by people in the North East,” Ms McGowan said.
“Local groups and organisations like the RSL sub-branches do a fantastic job planning projects and bringing them to fruition with the help of Government financial assistance.”
Information can be found at the DVA website www.dva.go.au/grants.
Saluting Their Service Commemorations funding
- Wahgunyah Progress Association – $4000 – restore and upgrade Memorial Gardens
- Benalla RSL sub-branch – $1320 – replace original flagpole at Cenotaph