Fund to re­mem­ber

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE -

MEM­BER for Fisher Andrew Wal­lace marked the an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Beer­sheba by call­ing for ap­pli­ca­tions for the Fed­eral Armistice Day Cen­te­nary Grant.

Mr Wal­lace, who vis­ited the site of the Bat­tle of Beer­sheba in Is­rael in July, said $50,000 is avail­able in grant fund­ing for lo­cal com­mu­nity com­mem­o­ra­tions to mark next year the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of World War I.

“It was a mov­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for me this year to stand at the site of the Bat­tle of Beer­sheba and re­flect on the sac­ri­fice of the Aus­tralians who served there with such hon­our,” Mr Wal­lace said.

“Those coura­geous men and horses are also com­mem­o­rated here on the Coast, by the Maleny Troop of the 5th Light Horse at the Beer­sheba Liv­ing Mu­seum. They re­mind us that pay­ing trib­ute to our An­zacs is an on-go­ing duty, and not an ac­tiv­ity for only one day a year.

“While we re­mem­ber Beer­sheba to­day, next year all Aus­tralians will pause and re­flect on the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the First World War. I en­cour­age groups on the Sun­shine Coast to ap­ply for fund­ing un­der the Armistice Cen­te­nary Grants Pro­gram to mark this im­por­tant mile­stone in Aus­tralia’s his­tory.”

In­ter­ested or­gan­i­sa­tions should con­tact the of­fice of Mr Wal­lace on 5493 5556 or email andrew.wal­lace.mp@aph.gov.au to re­quest an Ex­pres­sion of In­ter­est form. Sub­mis­sions close on Novem­ber 21.

Mr Wal­lace has con­vened a Com­mu­nity Con­sul­ta­tion Com­mit­tee of lo­cal res­i­dents, which will work with him to se­lect pro­jects to rec­om­mend fund­ing.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PAY­ING TRIB­UTE: Andrew Wal­lace at the Beer­sheba War Ceme­tery with other Fed­eral MPs in­clud­ing Ni­colle Flint, Andrew Hastie and Tony Pasin.

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