Nationals Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, said the Government had provided $50,000 in grant funding for local community commemorations in Cowper to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in 2018.
“Next year Australians will pause and reflect on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“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.
“Australia’s involvement in the First World War began when Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914.
“Every year on Anzac Day we mark anniversary of day the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) landed on Gallipoli in Turkey.
“It is the day we honour the service and sacrifice of every Australian who served in the First World War and all those who have subsequently served.
“I encourage groups in Cowper to apply for funding under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program to mark this important milestone in Australia’s history,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“Expressions of interest are now being invited and must be received by Friday 1st December, with the funding being allocated to support projects or activities that commemorate the end of the First World War.”
Mr Hartsuyker said up to $50,000 in total is available to organisations in Cowper.
To apply, contact Mr Hartsuyker’s office via email at Luke.Hartsuyker.MP@aph.gov.au and the expression of interest proforma will be supplied in a return email.
Members of Parliament will be required to consult community organisations or create a Community Consultation Committee, whose role will be to seek the community’s views on how best to commemorate the Centenary of Armistice.
More information is available at www.dva.gov.au or by calling 1800 555 254.