Albany Light Horse Troop and City of Albany Band receive Anzac Centenary funding

3/2/2015

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson today announced funding of $8,000 has been awarded to the Albany Light Horse Troop and $885 to the City of Albany Band / Albany Sinfonia through the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.

The Albany Light Horse Troop will use the funds to purchase First World War uniforms and saddle blankets to wear during the Anzac Centenary commemorations while the City of Albany Band / Albany Sinfonia will use the funds to conduct an Anzac Centenary Memorial Concert.

Mr Wilson said the funding enables communities to support the centenary commemorations at a local level.

“By giving communities the opportunity to secure funding for projects that preserve the stories of local servicemen and women we are ensuring the memories are around for future generations to come.

“The grant will complement the wider series of commemorative activities that have been developed throughout our electorate.”

Albany Light Horse Troop president Maxine Waterhouse said the funding will allow for the purchase of 10 outfits and saddle blankets for riders to wear during Anzac commemorations.

“We are very pleased to have been successful in our application as our uniforms right now are outdated and in a lot of cases, incorrect,” Ms Waterhouse said.

“With this funding we can ensure our riders are outfitted correctly. Even though we’re not military, we are members of the Australian Light Horse Association and as such, want to give due respect to those who fought for our country by representing them in the correct uniform.”

Each electorate, across Australia, had $125,000 available for community and ex-service groups to spend on commemorative programs.

“I would like to thank the members of the Electorate Committee who have assisted me in developing an approach for commemorating the Anzac Centenary across O’Connor; their hard work has made these activities, through the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program, a reality,” Mr Wilson said.

The Centenary of Anzac will mark a century of service and sacrifice, encompassing all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australians have been involved.

“It will be the most significant period of commemoration in our nation’s history and the Government is committed to providing opportunities for all Australians to participate.”

The Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program is a key element of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary program; more information is available at www.anzaccentenary.gov.au.

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