Funds to mark end of World War I

Hills Gazette - - GREEN THUMB -

SO­CIAL Ser­vices Min­is­ter Chris­tian Porter is en­cour­ag­ing groups to ap­ply for up to $50,000 in grants for com­mu­nity com­mem­o­ra­tions in Pearce to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of World War I.

“Next year, Aus­tralians will pause and re­flect on the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the First World War,” he said. “From a pop­u­la­tion of fewer than five mil­lion peo­ple, 416,809 men en­listed, of whom more than 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner.”

The Pearce MHR said Aus­tralia’s in­volve­ment be­gan soon af­ter Bri­tain de­clared war on Ger­many on Au­gust 4, 1914.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions in Mr Porter’s elec­torate will share in a pool of $50,000, with grants from $3000 to $50,000 avail­able.

Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est in the fund­ing will be con­sid­ered by a com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion com­mit­tee, whose role will be to seek the com­mu­nity’s views on how best to com­mem­o­rate the Cen­te­nary of Ar­mistice.

Reg­is­ter in­ter­est with Mr Porter’s of­fice be­fore the ap­pli­ca­tion open­ing date in Novem­ber.

For more de­tails, visit www.chris­tian­ ar­mistice-cen­te­nary-grantspro­gram.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Fe­bru­ary 28, 2018.

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