Canberra’s Centenary has got off to a great start. And I’ve really enjoyed catching up with many of you at the cricket under the new lights at Manuka Oval, the Multicultural Festival, the Prom at Government House and the launch of the Tuggeranong Valley Cricket Club history in the clubhouse at Chisholm. It was also wonderful to see the huge turnout and level of support for the Women’s Australian Open at Royal Canberra.
Next year marks the beginning of another significant 100th anniversary – the Centenary of ANZAC 2014-2018 – which will be one of the most important commemorative periods in our nation’s history. Around 330,000 Australians served overseas during the First World War, including more than 50,000 at Gallipoli. 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.
So I’m delighted with the announcement of the ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program, which will provide $100,000 to allow communities in the electorate of Canberra to commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC in their own way.
The grants will give us the chance to pay tribute to those involved in the First World War, reflect on the lives of those who served and sacrificed and ensure the ANZAC legacy is handed down to future generations.
I encourage you to start identifying initiatives that recognise Australian service during the First World War. Projects that could be considered 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
Grant funding will be available in 2013-14. Information on the grants, including the guidelines, will be available shortly at www.anzaccentenary.gov.au If you have any queries, please give me a call on 6293 1344.