July 23, 2014
Gippsland Immigration Park in Morwell has received a Federal Government grant to commemorate 100 years since the First World War.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the park’s committee would receive $5000 to produce and install a monument under the ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program.
The information panels will be installed at one of 12 sites along a commemorative walking path, detailing the history of Gippsland from traditional Aboriginal custodianship to the present day.
Mr Chester, who is also Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, said the panels would detail the involvement of Gippsland soldiers, sailors and airmen in the First World War. This would include exerts of letters sent home from the front by soldiers.
“The ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program aims to ensure the sacrifice and courage by Australian servicemen and women will continue to be remembered into the future,” Mr Chester said.
“These panels not only serve as a lasting reminder of the young men and women from Gippsland who fought for their country, but also the freedoms that we now enjoy today as a nation.
“The First World War touched thousands of families in Gippsland from 1914 to 1918 and this memorial will ensure their story continues to be told for generations to come.”
Gippsland Immigration Park Secretary Graham Goulding said the committee was keen to ensure the rich history of Gippsland would continue to be celebrated.
The large square panels will be built from aluminium and volunteers hope to have them installed by 2015.
The ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program is a key element of the Australian Government’s ANZAC Centenary program, with up to $125,000 in funding made available for each Federal electorate to commemorate the First World War.
More information about the ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program is available at www.anzaccentenary.gov.au