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Ensay-Swifts Creek RSL sub-branch will receive more than $7000 for a First World War memorial at Reedy Flat.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the sub-branch would also construct an information board.

“Gippsland has been allocated $50,000 to be shared among local organisations and community groups to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War,” Mr Chester said.

Mr Chester said the Armistice Centenary Grants Program was designed to support local projects and activities which appropriately acknowledged 100 years since the end of the Great War.

“The response from the community to the Armistice Centenary Grants Program has been overwhelming and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs is working to process applications as soon as possible,” Mr Chester said.

“I am pleased to announce the Ensay-Swifts Creek is one of four organisations in Gippsland to be approved to receive funding through this program so far.

“Maffra Men’s Shed will receive $3000 for a memorial garden, Toongabbie Recreation Reserves Committee will get $4595 to relocate and restore its memorial plaques and Morwell RSL sub-branch has been granted $3841 to hold a service to commemorate Armistice.

“The high level of interest in commemorating this important date in our history is a true testament to the success of the Anzac Centenary 2014–18 and I have no doubt all of the projects will create a lasting legacy of remembrance.”

Under the program, every electorate in Australia is eligible to receive up to $50,000 to commemorate Australia’s wartime history and the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

“Examples of successful projects and activities include the installation of monuments, exhibitions and displays; upgrades to existing memorials to include gardens and landscaping; and the development of educational resources such as themed films and publications,” Mr Chester said.

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