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Community projects receive Armistice centenary grants

FEDERAL member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP is pleased to advise that 11 organisations in his electorate have been awarded Armistice Centenary Grants to support community projects that will commemorate the end of WW1.

“The response from the community to the Armistice Centenary Grants Program has been overwhelming and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs is working to process applications as soon as possible,” Mr Wilson said.

“The high level of interest in 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.”

Under the program, every electorate in Australia is eligible to receive up to $50,000 to commemorate Australia’s wartime history and the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

Examples of successful projects and activities include the installation of monuments, exhibitions and displays; upgrades to existing memorials to include gardens and landscaping and the development of educational resources such as themed films and publications.

The following organisations in O’Connor will benefit from the grants, which total $46,816.




Organisation Purpose Amount Approved
Albany RSL Sub-Branch To conduct a series of public events to commemorate the anniversary of the end of WW1 $3,000
Boyup Brook RSL Sub-Branch To complete the refurbishment of the Boyup Brook Memorial $9,900
Denmark RSL Sub-Branch To hold a public event commemorating the centenary of the Armistice $2,728
Kambalda RSL Sub-Branch To replace an existing plaque at the Kambalda RSL $3,000
Lake Grace District High School To position cut-out representations of military figures within the local area to commemorate the Armistice centenary. $2,728
Pemberton RSL To install floodlights to improve safety and illuminate the RSL Memorial for events. $3,000
Shire of Cuballing To publish a book documenting the local populations’ participation in the military service $6,602
Shire of Esperance Create memorial banners to be distributed throughout Esperance $4,342
Shire of Jerramungup To conduct a commemorative service for the Armistice centenary. $4,600
Shire of West Arthur To install a series of life-sized steel sculptures to commemorate the Armistice centenary. $3,070
Shire of Wickipin To host a centenary parade. $3,846


I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australian Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.