Federal Member for Mitchell, the Hon Alex Hawke MP said the Government had provided $50,000 in grant funding for local community commemorations in Mitchell 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,” Alex Hawke 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 Mitchell to apply for funding under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program to mark this important milestone in Australia’s history,” Alex Hawke said.
“The grants program will open in November and support projects or activities that commemorate the end of the First World War.”
Alex Hawke MP said up to $50,000 in total is available to organisations in Mitchell.
“Applications open on 11 November 2017 and close on 28 February 2018. Expressions of interest should be lodged with my office as soon as possible.”
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. For an expression of interest form please call 9899 7211.