2013 has been an incredible year for Canberra – we’ve turned 100, had a year-long party and in the process been reminded again and again why we call this wonderful city home.
Next year marks the beginning of another significant 100th anniversary – the Centenary of ANZAC 2014-2018. Many of us have links to our first ANZACs and there is not a community in Australia that did not feel the impact of the war.
The electorate of Canberra has $125,000 in grants to give us the chance to pay tribute to those involved in the First World War and to reflect on the lives of those who served and sacrificed.
Every Member of Parliament in the country is responsible for submitting grant applications to the Department of Veterans Affairs, with the assistance of a selection panel. I’m currently finalising an esteemed panel and look forward to our first meeting in the new year.
Grant applications are due on 30 May 2014. Projects eligible for grants include:
Public commemorative events
New First World War memorials or honour boards
The restoration of existing First World War memorials or honour boards
The preservation, interpretation and display of First World War wartime and military memorabilia and artefacts
School projects related to the First World War
This is a wonderful opportunity for Canberra to commemorate this significant anniversary, and I encourage anyone interested in preserving the ANZAC legacy to apply.
You can find information on the grants, including the guidelines at www.anzaccentenary.gov.au Madeleine in my office is also here to help, so please give her a call on 6293 1344 to discuss your ideas.
Finally, I wish you and your family a happy and safe Christmas and New Year and a relaxing holiday season. I look forward to working and advocating for you in 2014.
Published in the Canberra Chronicle, December 2013