Wodonga RSL Sub-branch ($15,041) and Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club ($11,411) (VVMC) will carry out community projects thanks to Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Veteran and Community Grants program funding. The projects will allow Wodonga RSL to purchase outdoor equipment, and VVMC to purchase equipment for a community project in Greta South.
Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, congratulated the groups on their successful applications. “These projects will be beneficial for each community and I look forward to seeing them completed.” Ms McGowan said.
Another ANZAC project to mark 2015 has also been received funding from the Federal Government’s ANZAC Centenary Program. The latest recipient is the Bright RSL Sub-branch ($3615) for a My Great Hero initiative. Ms McGowan was pleased the Federal Government’s ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program had now given approval for 19 projects from 22 local submissions. 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 DVA made $125,000 available to fund projects across Indi. Ms McGowan honoured the Indi ANZAC Committee’s decision 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 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.
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.”
Veteran and Community Grants
- Wodonga RSL Sub-branch - $15, 041 – purchase outdoor furniture to enhance activities for veteran community
- Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club - $11,411 – purchase first-aid equipment and defibrillator, barbecue and power generator to support activities for veteran community
ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program approved project
- Bright RSL Sub-branch - $3615 – My Great War Hero community initiative project