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Sale RSL and Community Club will receive almost $3000 to hold a commemorative remembrance ball to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester announced the funding, with Sale RSL among five organisations in Gippsland to receive money under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program to date.

“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.

“These grants are designed to support local projects and activities which appropriately acknowledge 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.

“I am pleased to announce funding for Sale RSL and Community Club.

“Maffra Men’s Shed has also received $3000 for a memorial garden, Toongabbie Recreation Reserves Committee has been given $4595 to relocate and restore its memorial plaques; Morwell RSL has been granted $3800 for a commemorative service and Ensay-Swifts Creek RSL sub-branch will get more than $7000 for a First World War memorial at Reedy Flat.

“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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