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ANZAC community grants awarded in Cootamundra electorate

Four community groups and organisations in the Cootamundra electorate have been awarded funding to help deliver projects which commemorate the service and sacrifice of World War I and II veterans.

Veterans Affairs David Elliott this week announced a total of $50,000 would be distributed across NSW as part of the 2016/17 ANZAC Community Grants Program.

Under the program, 49 grants have been awarded to schools, community groups, museums, historical societies and other local associations.

The successful applicants in the Cootamundra electorate include:

  • Weddin Shire Council, which was awarded $2000 to improve the quality and safety of the Bofors Anti-Aircraft Gun Mark II displayed in Vaughan Park, Grenfell.
  • Harden Regional Development Corporation, which was awarded $1800 to produce an educative promotional package to accompany a bronze statue commemorating the Light Horse as a local hero.
  • The 7th Light Horse – Gundagai Troop, which was awarded $1000 for the development of a “Remember the Light Horse” travelling re-enactment and display of Light Horse camp life.
  • Junee and District Historical Society, which has been awarded $1000 to create a First World War-specific display in the local museum.

“The ANZAC Community Grants Program is a fantastic way to support organisations across NSW which are delivering projects in honour of our veterans,” Katrina said.

“These grants are valued at anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to $2000 and can be put to good use for valuable community projects. 

Mr Elliott congratulated all recipients of the 2016/17 grant round.

“It is timely to receive an ANZAC grant as we continue to commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC and a century of service across the state,” he said.

Caption: Katrina with members of the 7th Light Horse – Gundagai Troop – a historical re-enactment group dedicated to maintaining the history and traditions of the Australian Light Horse.

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