Queensland’s chance to honour its Anzacs

Published Friday, 27 June, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier
The Honourable Glen Elmes

Communities have another chance to honour the courage and heroism of Queenslanders in the First World War with the launch of round two of the Queensland Government’s Anzac Community Grants.

Minister Assisting the Premier on the Anzac Centenary Glen Elmes said $13.5m was being made available for community projects to mark the war’s centenary and there had been an enthusiastic response from the community to the first round of grants released earlier this month.

“Even 100 years after the first Anzacs volunteered to fight, there is still a huge level of respect for their bravery and selflessness among today’s Queenslanders,” Mr Elmes said.

“These grants provide an opportunity for communities to commemorate the role played by individuals or their community as a whole in Australia’s First World War effort.”

The grants will provide funding of up to $80,000 each for local projects to commemorate the centenary of the First World War and to honour the Anzac spirit.

“I encourage communities to come together to tell personal stories that engage and educate future generations about this significant period of our nation’s history,” Mr Elmes said.

“The centenary is an important opportunity to remember those courageous servicemen and women who have fought and served in all wars, conflicts and peace operations and especially to remember the sacrifice of those who gave their lives in service.”

Mr Elmes said the Anzac Community Grants program was part of $49.3 million the Queensland Government was devoting to Anzac Centenary commemoration events and projects during 2014-2018.

Applications for round two grants will close on 12 August. More information on the grants program and centenary commemorations can be found at: www.qld.gov.au/anzac100.

There will be further funding rounds throughout the duration of the centenary period through to 2018.

[ENDS] 27 June 2014

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