Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee has today announced that Lithgow City Band has received a $5,000 Australian Government grant through the Armistice Centenary Grants Program.
Mr Gee said the grant will support Lithgow City Band’s musical presentation – “1918 – Back from the Brink” - which will be held in October at the Union Theatre.
“This project will be a fitting tribute to appropriately acknowledge the end of the war 100 years ago,” Mr Gee said.
“It is an original play and builds upon Lithgow City Band’s production 1915, which was performed in 2015 to mark 100 years since the start of World War One. This new performance tells the story of ten Lithgow City Bandsmen who enlisted in 1915.
“I’m delighted that the Federal Government has supported this important project with funding to go towards a number of essential elements required to stage the performance.”
Lithgow City Band 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 Lithgow City Band will create a lasting legacy of remembrance,” 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 Lithgow City Band 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.