Pitt announces $50,000 for WWI memorial in Hervey Bay

Monday, 5 May 2014

The Federal Government will contribute $50,000 towards the expansion of the Freedom Park war memorial in Hervey Bay, under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch would use the funds to help purchase a bronze statue of a light horseman.

“The memorial is simply breathtaking, and an inspiring example of what can be achieved when a community works together,” Mr Pitt said.

“The memorial will include a granite wall, with Anzac Centenary 1915-2015 etched in gold. The light horseman will depict the jumping of the trenches.

“Before now, Freedom Park could only accommodate about 2,000 people on Anzac Day.

“The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch is to be commended for its commitment to redeveloping the memorial at Freedom Park, to ensure more people can attend Anzac services comfortably and safely,” Mr Pitt said.

Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch President John Kelsey thanked Mr Pitt and the Federal Government for the contribution.

“This is one of the largest projects being undertaken in Queensland for the Centenary,” Mr Kelsey said.

“With this funding, we can now get the magnificent bronze statue under way to unveil when the National President of the RSL visits Hervey Bay in October.

“We look forward to local businesses also getting behind us with donations.”

Hinkler applications for the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program closed on January 31. They were assessed for eligibility by an independent local committee and sent to Minister Michael Ronaldson for final approval.

“I’m delighted to announce this very worthwhile local project, which commemorates one of the most significant events in Australia’s history,” Mr Pitt said.

“I look forward to seeing the project delivered in time for the 2015 anniversary.”

Media contact: Larine Statham 0427 653 814

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