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Wartime heritage preserved in Albany and the Wheatbelt

The sacrifice and service of veterans in Albany, Cuballing, Kondinin, Lake Grace and Nungarin will be further commemorated with organisations in those local government areas sharing in a combined $117,694 from the Federal Government’s Saluting Their Service grants.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP said the City of Albany would receive $77,694 as a contribution toward installing additional showcases and interpretive signs in the Princess Royal Fortress Gallery.

“As the place where most Anzacs assembled then departed for World War I, Albany holds a special place in the hearts of Australians,” Mr Wilson said.

“This funding will help the City of Albany continue its fantastic work in maintaining the Anzac commemoration precinct atop Mount Adelaide.”

Also successful in the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program is the Shire of Cuballing, which is receiving $10,000 to instal metal artwork at Cuballing War Memorial to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australia’s defence personnel.

“Wave Rock Tourist Development Company P/L is also receiving $10,000 to purchase materials enabling installation of cabinets at its proposed miniature toy soldier museum,” Mr Wilson said.

The Shire of Lake Grace will receive $10,000 to instal a new war memorial at the Newdegate sporting precinct to commemorate local service personnel.

“And the Nungarin Heritage Machinery and Army Museum has been granted $10,000 to purchase and instal cabinets to display military memorabilia,” Mr Wilson said.

“I am extraordinarily proud of the history of service in the O’Connor electorate and these projects are a wonderful way to reflect upon the sacrifice of the people who have served from all our communities.”

Media contact: Chris Thomson (08) 9842 2777

Authorised by Rick Wilson MP, Liberal Party, 101 Albany Highway, Albany, 6330.

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MEET RICK

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.