MEMBER for McMillan Russell Broadbent is urging constituents keen to fund a project marking the Anzac Centenary in 2015 to get their applications in soon.
The Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program assists and encourages communities across Australia to undertake their own Anzac Centenary projects, commemorating the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women in the First World War. Applications for funding will close in McMillan on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
“The Local Grants Program allows each electorate, including McMillan, up to $125,000 for projects commemorating the First World War. It’s a really fantastic initiative and there’s a dedicated local committee working to ensure the community plays a part in this process,” Mr Broadbent said.
Mr Broadbent said he would also like to see McMillan constituents entering the Australian Government’s ballot to be at the 2015 Gallipoli Anzac Day commemoration service.
The ballot will be open until January 31.
In 2015, places will be available for 8,000 Australians, 2,000 New Zealanders and up to 500 official representatives of all countries involved in the Gallipoli campaign.
Of the places available to Australians in ballot, 2,000 will be reserved for special representatives such as direct descendants, the veteran community and secondary school students and their chaperones. The remaining 6,000 places will be for all Australians. Applicants must be aged 18 and over on or before 25 April 2015.
Advice will be provided to individuals on the ballot outcome before March 2014, to ensure those successful have enough time to organise and pay for their trip. This will also allow tour operators time to make specific arrangements with those travelers who have secured a place.
For more information on the ballot, eligibility arrangements, and to apply, visit the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gallipoli 2015 website: www.gallipoli2015.dva.gov.au.
For more information on the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program free call DVA on 1800 026 185, visit the website: www.dva.gov.au or contact Russell Broadbent’s office on 5623 2064.
Local Grants Program application should be sent to: Office of Russell Broadbent MP, Member for McMillan, 46c Albert Street, Warragul, VIC 3200.
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