District projects win WWI centenary grants

NEARLY $50,000 worth of projects will be completed across the south-west to commemorate the Anzac centenary.

The federal government awarded more than $2 million in grants to 212 projects across the country in the latest round of funding under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.

“These grants will assist communities to find out more about their local servicemen and women through the display of military memorabilia, artefacts and historic photographs, the research and publishing of books, and the restoration and creation of memorials, avenues of honour, statues and remembrance gardens,” Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Michael Ronaldson said.

Grants have been awarded to projects including:

* upgrading the Woolsthorpe WWI memorial;

* refurbishment of the Hexham war memorial;

* a plaque at the Portland cenotaph to commemorate the local men and women who served;

* purchasing replica WWI uniforms for use by the Light Horse Re-enactment Group during centenary events in Portland;

* restoring rolls of honour at  Cobden Primary School and  Glenthompson war memorial; and

* restoring the Camperdown, Cobden, Terang and Derrinallum war memorials.

* a photographic exhibition, community forum and concert as part of the Lake Bolac Eel Festival.

* Interpretative signs for the Lone Pine tree at Warrnambool’s Botanic Gardens.

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