Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee has today announced that the Bodangora Recreation Reserve Trust has received a $3,000 Australian Government grant through the Armistice Centenary Grants Program.
Mr Gee said the grant will go towards a concrete path from the entrance gate to the Bodangora War Memorial, located just outside of Wellington.
“This project will be complete in time for Remembrance Day, which will mark the end of the First World War 100 years ago,” Mr Gee said.
“The Bodangora War Memorial is of great significance to the community as 47 men from the small town served in WW1. You can see their names on the honour roll.
“The new path will provide safer access to the war memorial and also easier access in the event of wet weather on days when services are held.
“Local residents have worked to restore the war memorial site over the years and I’m pleased that the Australian Government has supported this important project to commemorate our veterans.”
The Bodangora Recreation Reserve Trust 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 Bodangora Recreation Reserve Trust will create a lasting legacy of remembrance at the Bodangora War Memorial site,” Mr Gee added.
“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 Bodangora Recreation Reserve Trust 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.