Fund to remember
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
PAYING TRIBUTE: Andrew Wallace at the Beersheba War Cemetery with other Federal MPs including Nicolle Flint, Andrew Hastie and Tony Pasin.