Community grants awarded to commemorate centenary of armistice

2017 Remembrance Day Service held at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, Victoria. Image via Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.

Communities across Australia will receive almost $320,000 under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program to develop 50 projects to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice of the First World War.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the round of grants had been designed to support local projects and activities that appropriately acknowledge the end of the war 100 years ago.

"The response from the community to the Armistice Centenary Grants Program has been overwhelming and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs is working to process applications as soon as possible," Minister Chester said.

"The high level of interest in commemorating this important date in our history is a true testament to the success of the Anzac Centenary 2014-18 and I have no doubt these projects will create a lasting legacy of remembrance."

Under the program, every electorate in Australia is eligible to receive up to $50,000 to commemorate Australia’s wartime history and the 100th anniversary of the armistice.

"Examples of successful projects and activities include the installation of monuments, exhibitions and displays; upgrades to existing memorials to include gardens and landscaping; and the development of educational resources such as themed films and publications," the minister said.

ARMISTICE CENTENARY GRANTS PROGRAM

NEW SOUTH WALES

Recipient

Location

Electorate

Funding description

Amount $

Bodangora Public Reserve Trust

Bodangora

Calare

Installation of a concrete path and flag pole to the Bodangora War Memorial.

3,000

Lithgow City Band Inc

Lithgow

Calare

Produce and perform a musical-dramatic play “1918 Back from the Brink” to commemorate the end of the First World War.

5,000

Blackheath Phoenix Choir Inc

Glenbrook, Blackheath, Lithgow

Macquarie

Staging of two concerts including a premiere of a special new ‘remembrance’ composition to be performed in Armistice day concerts.

8,348

Kyogle RSL Sub-Branch 

Kyogle

Page

Create an exhibition of First World War memorabilia.

3,728

Cobar Shire Council

Nymagee, Canbelego, Euabalong, Mt Hope & Murrin Bridge

Parkes

Hold a commemorative event and create permanent monuments in villages throughout Cobar Shire in honour of service personnel  from the First World War.

5,699

Eumungerie-Coboco RSL Sub Branch

Eumungerie

Parkes

Additional works at the Eumungerie Memorial Cenotaph.

3,000

Gunnedah Shire Council

Tambar Springs

Parkes

Conduct a significant “Centenary of Armistice Day” event at the historic Tambar Springs Cenotaph, and upgrade the grounds surrounding the Cenotaph.

3,752

Narromine Aviation Museum Incorporated

Narromine

Parkes

A centenary display of photographic prints from the collection of Lieutenant H. Bowden Fletcher from 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, at the Narromine Aviation Museum.

3,264

Nyngan Museum

Nyngan

Parkes

Install a water feature and plaque as part of the war memorial and purchase display cabinets for First World War memorabilia.

3,187

Barmedman Tidy Towns / Anzac Committee

Barmedman

Riverina

Placement of a bronze plaque on a Cenotaph in Barmedman Anzac Memorial Park, and hold a commemorative service and community event on Armistice Day 2018.

1,217

National Service 1951-72 Re-Enactment Unit Inc

North Avoca

Robertson

To purchase 16 uniforms to be worn by members at parades and commemorative services during 2018 in tribute to First World War service personnel and the Armistice Centenary.

17,424

Terrigal Wamberal RSL Sub Branch

Wamberal & Terrigal

Robertson

To hold a special commemorative service at Breakers Country Club and Terrigal Beach, followed by an opening of a commemorative display featuring First World War memorabilia.

3,726

Total Grants – NSW

Total $61,345

 

QUEENSLAND

Recipient

Location

Electorate

Funding description

Amount $

Caloundra RSL Sub Branch Inc

Caloundra

Fisher

To extend the existing memorial garden and provide refurbishment and additional seating to the garden at the Caloundra RSL.

3,725

TS Centaur Australian Navy Cadets

Maleny

Fisher

Installation of a new flag pole, stone plinth and plaque to commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women.

5,224

Bundaberg State High School

Bundaberg

Hinkler

Renovation of the Bundaberg State High School remembrance memorial garden.

10,000

Atherton RSL Sub-Branch

Atherton

Kennedy

Wall mounted presentation of the 15th Battalion that will become a permanent display of First World War memorabilia in the Atherton RSL Sub-Branch building.

3,000

Cairns RSL Sub Branch

Cairns

Leichhardt

Produce a digital documentary record of the Armistice Centenary commemoration in Cairns.

12,090

Cairns RSL Sub Branch

Cairns

Leichhardt

Carry out a First World War family educational event that directly engages young people in a historical treasure hunt throughout Cairns City on Armistice Day 2018.

15,516

Mossman RSL Sub-Branch

Mossman

Leichhardt

Complete First World War Centenary projects in the Douglas Shire district, including a commemorative mosaic, poppy display, memorial plaques and upgraded Cenotaph.

20,002

Nundah Northgate RSL Sub Branch

Nundah

Lilley

Installation of a display cabinet for the display of Sub-Branch military memorabilia.

5,500

Charleville RSL Sub Branch Inc

Charleville

Maranoa

To commemorate Armistice with a twilight service and concert event.

11,205

Jandowae RSL Sub Branch

Jandowae

Maranoa

Beautification of the memorial gardens at the front of the Jandowae Memorial Hall.

3,500

Augusta State School

Augustine Heights

Oxley

Creation of a mural to acknowledge the Armistice Centenary and sacrifice of service personnel.

3,500

Darra State School

Darra

Oxley

Installation of flagpoles and a commemorative plaque at Darra State School.

2,728

Kruger State School

Bellbird Park

Oxley

Installation of flagpoles at Kruger State School.

3,669

Pallara State School

Pallara

Oxley

Create a commemorative memorial garden at the school.

2,408

Woodcrest State College

Springfield

Oxley

Installation of flagpoles for commemorative purposes.

3,867

St Benedict's Catholic Primary School

Mango Hill

Petrie

Creation of a memorial wall with commemorative art work and landscaping of monument area.

4,319

The Gap RSL Sub-Branch

The Gap

Ryan

To construct four columns to match the existing memorial columns with decorative metal gates, archway and emblems at The Gap Memorial Park.

21,000

Total Grants – QLD

Total $131,253

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

 

Recipient

Location

Electorate

Funding description

Amount 
$

RSL Morphett Vale & District Sub-Branch

Morphett Vale

Kingston

Purchase of two display cabinets that will house First World War memorabilia.

10,000

RSL Morphett Vale & District Sub-Branch

Morphett Vale

Kingston

Landscaping of grounds including installation of a plaque, water feature and pavers to create a commemorative garden.

3,000

Tea Tree Gully Returned and Services League Sub-Branch

Tea Tree Gully

Makin

Conduct a commemorative service and unveil a plaque dedicated to the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front 100 years ago.

5,063

RSL McLaren Vale & District Sub-Branch Inc

McLaren Vale

Mayo

Install a flagpole, plinth, plaque and lighting at the RSL.

6,737

Total Grants – SA

Total $24,800

 

VICTORIA

 

Recipient

Location

Electorate

Funding description

Amount 
$

Arch of Victory / Avenue of Honour Committee

Ballarat

Ballarat

Restoration of the Memorial Cairn and Cross of Remembrance.

13,637

Castlemaine RSL Sub-Branch

Bendigo

Bendigo

Purchase new display cabinets.

4,988

Woodend RSL Sub-Branch

Woodend

Bendigo

Undertake a Woodend Armistice Day Re-Enactment of the events that occurred on 11 November 1918.

9,091

Bright RSL Sub-Branch Inc

Bright

Indi

The production and showing of six First World War films on and around Armistice Day.

6,500

Mansfield RSL Sub-Branch

Mansfield

Indi

Replace a panel over the Mansfield Memorial Gate arch, polish the granite panels and re-gild the names of First World War service personnel.

5,000

Beaconsfield Primary School

Beaconsfield

La Trobe

Create an Armistice Centenary memorial garden.

8,091

St Margaret's / Berwick Grammar School

Officer

La Trobe

Construct a memorial garden commemorating First World War service personnel from the Berwick community who attended the old Berwick Boys Grammar School.

5,408

Upwey Belgrave RSL Sub-Branch Inc

Upwey

La Trobe

Create six dioramas that depict life in the trenches and the effect of the war on the home front.

5,166

Berwick-Pakenham Historical Society

Warragul

McMillan

Research, collect and publish stories of First World War service personnel listed on the First World War memorials in the Pakenham district.

10,000

Foster RSL Sub-Branch

Foster

McMillan

Create and install a new honour roll for the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre.

5,420

Mirboo & District Historical Society

Mirboo North

McMillan

Create a new honour board for the Hall and hold a public celebration for the unveiling.

3,150

West Gippsland Genealogical Society

Warragul

McMillan

Research and publish a collection of stories of First World War service personnel from West Gippsland.

3,000

Beaufort Garden Club

Beaufort

Wannon

Install security lighting for illumination and protection of First World War carvings and restore the memorial garden.

3,186

Portland Bay School

Portland

Wannon

Construct a steel memorial poppy statue at Portland Bay School's new campus.

2,950

Warrnambool RSL Sub-Branch

Warrnambool

Wannon

Install three bronze commemorative plaques.

6,364

Total Grants – VIC

Total $91,951

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

 

Recipient

Location

Electorate

Funding description

Amount 
$

Pickering Brook Heritage Group Inc

Pickering Brook

Canning

Erect of two adult sized metal silhouettes 'Soldier on Guard' to complete the existing War Memorial.

3,000

Nungarin Heritage, Machinery & Army Museum Inc

Nungarin

Durack

Erect flag poles and install two cast bronze plaques as a commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice.

6,820

Total Grants – WA

Total $9,820

More successful grant recipients will be announced over the coming months.

 

 

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