Centenary of Anzac Local Grants Program

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Letter submitted to the NewsMail on Wednesday March 19, 2014:  

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to letters written this week by Jim Carter and Stephen Beiger.

Firstly, I NEVER said “there is no federal money” for war memorials.

What I said was that Council is welcome to fund the memorial themselves; if they are desperate to have it built in time for Anzac Day this year. 

The grant that Council applied for is to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War in 2015, not Anzac 2014.

This was made abundantly clear to Council and every other applicant. Council appears to be the only applicant confused about the purpose of the grant.

The applications, which only closed on January 31, were assessed by an independent local committee and have been submitted to the Minister’s office. 

The Centenary of Anzac Local Grants Program is a very worthwhile initiative and I look forward to announcing the successful Hinkler applications later this year. 

Keith Pitt MP

Federal Member for Hinkler.