Maffra Men’s Shed and Toongabbie Recreation Reserves Committee are the first organisations in Gippsland to receive a share of $50,000 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War.
Both organisations will receive funding under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program to develop projects to mark 100 years since the end of the Great War.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the grants were designed to support local projects and activities which appropriately acknowledged the end of the 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 Maffra Men’s Shed and Toongabbie Recreation Reserves Committee are the first organisations to be approved in Gippsland to receive funding.
“Maffra Men’s Shed will receive $3000 for a memorial garden, and Toongabbie Recreation Reserves Committee will get $4595 to relocate and restore its memorial plaques.
“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.