Federal Member for Dunkley, Mr Chris Crewther MP, said the Government had provided $50,000 in grant funding for local community commemorations in Dunkley to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in 2018.
“Next year Australians will pause and reflect on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War,” Mr Crewther said.
“From a population of fewer than five million people, 416,809 enlisted, of whom more than 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner.”
Australia’s involvement in the First World War began when Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914.
“Every year on Anzac Day we mark the anniversary of day the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) landed on Gallipoli in Turkey,” Mr Crewther said.
“It is the day we honour the service and sacrifice of every Australian who served in the First World War and all those who have subsequently served.”
$50,000 in total will be available to organisations in Dunkley under the Armistice Day Centenary Grants.
“I encourage groups in Dunkley to apply for funding under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program to mark this important milestone in Australia’s history,” Mr Crewther said.
“The grants program will open in November and support projects or activities that commemorate the end of the First World War.
“Formal applications open on 11 November 2017 and close on 28 February 2018. Expressions of interest should be received by my office by Friday 8 December 2017.”
Mr Crewther will be setting up a Community Consultation Committee, whose role will be to seek the community’s views on how best to commemorate the Centenary of Armistice and to determine the most appropriate projects to fund.
More information is available at www.dva.gov.au or by calling 1800 555 254.