Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, has commended organisations in Glen Innes, Tamworth and Tenterfield on receiving nearly $10,000 in Federal Government funding to develop projects in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War.
Mr Joyce said the local groups had received $9,747 under the latest release of the Federal Government’s Armistice Centenary Grants Program which acknowledges the significant anniversary in our nation’s military history – end of the First World War.
“Tenterfield Council and the RSL Sub-Branch will host a dining-in night for the anniversary and upgrade a digital honour board recording the names of local servicemen and women which will be complemented with a hard copy book as well,” Mr Joyce said.
“Meanwhile in Glen Innes, the Sub-Branch is being funded to host a Remembrance Day ceremony and Tamworth Sub-Branch is receiving support to install a commemorative plaque in recognition of the Armistice anniversary.”
This plaque will be unveiled at Tamworth War Memorial Town Hall by RSL NSW State Councillor Sandra Lambkin on November 11, 2018.
“These projects will be fitting tributes to acknowledge the end of the war 100 years ago, when men of women of the New England gave their life this country,” Mr Joyce said.
“The commitment of organisations at Glen Innes, Tamworth and Tenterfield ensures communities like ours can preserve our local military history for future generations.”
Mr Joyce also recently announced funding for more Armistice Centenary Grants projects around the region, including at Inverell, Uralla and Aberdeen.
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.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Darren Chester said these grants have been designed to deliver local projects and activities to communities to commemorate Australia’s role in the First World War and pay tribute to service men and women and the Armistice Centenary.
“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 these projects will create a lasting legacy of remembrance,” Minister Chester said.