Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee has today announced that the Canowindra RSL Sub -Branch has received a $3,000 Australian Government grant through the Armistice Centenary Grants Program.
Mr Gee said the grant will go towards upgrading the memorial garden in front of the Canowindra Soldiers Memorial Hospital.
“The Canowindra RSL Sub-Branch will upgrade the existing space to include two bench seats, paving and a bronze plaque to commemorate one hundred years since the end of World War One,” Mr Gee said.
“Not only will it provide a new space that can be used by patients and visitors of the hospital, it will be a fitting tribute to appropriately acknowledge the end of the war 100 years ago,” Mr Gee said.
The Canowindra RSL Sub Branch represents successful applicants receiving funding for community projects to commemorate Australia’s wartime history and the 100th anniversary of the Armistice recently announced by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Darren Chester.
“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 the Canowindra RSL Sub Branch will create a lasting legacy of remembrance,” Mr Gee added said.
“These grants have been designed to deliver local projects and activities to communities like ours to commemorate Australia’s role in the First World War and pay tribute to service men and women and the Armistice Centenary.
“The commitment of organisations such as the Canowindra RSL Sub Branch ensures communities like ours can preserve our local history for future generations.”
Under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program every electorate in Australia will receive up to $50,000 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War.