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Local organisations can now lodge Expressions of Interest to receive Federal Government funding to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said $50,000 in grants was available to organisations in Gippsland to mark the centenary of Armistice Day on November 11, 2018.

“Next year, Australians will pause and reflect on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War on Remembrance Day, as Armistice Day is now known,” Mr Chester said.

“The Centenary of ANZAC is one of the most important commemorative periods in Australia’s history.

“Australia’s involvement in the First World War began when Britain declared war on Germany in August, 1914. 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.

“I want to encourage groups in Gippsland to apply for funding under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program to support projects or activities to mark this historic day when the Great War ended with the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany.”

The community’s views are being sought on how best to commemorate the Centenary of Armistice.

Local groups can contact Mr Chester’s Traralgon office on 5174 1341 to get a copy of the grant program guidelines and an Expression of Interest form. The guidelines and form are also available on his website: www.darrenchester.com.au

Completed Expressions of Interest must be lodged with Mr Chester’s office by Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

A Gippsland selection committee will review the Expressions of Interest and invite selected groups to submit an official project application with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs from November 11, 2017.

For more information, visit www.dva.gov.au or call 1800 555 254.

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