Member for Hinkler, Keith Pitt MP has today announced the grant approval of $44,941 for the new War Memorial on the Bargara foreshore.

This is a fantastic outcome for our region and for the many thousands of serving and former members of our defence forces whose contribution to their nation will always be recognised and appreciated. None more so than those who founded the ANZAC Spirit on the beaches at Gallipoli nearly a hundred years ago.

With Jenny Waldron (President, Bundaberg & District Ex-Servicewomen's Association), Cr. Wayne Honor & Keith Pitt MP, Member for Hinkler

My sincere thanks to Keith, his parlimentary colleagues and the members of the grant application review committee for recognising the esteem in which these servicemen and women are held by the Bargara community and as demonstrated by the thousands who attend the annual ANZAC Day Dawn Service.

I’d also like to thank Council for its support of this project which will not only  be completed in time for the 2015 Gallipoli Centenery but will also be delivered at a considerable saving to local ratepayers thanks to Keith’s support and that of the Federal Government.

Member for Hinkler

Funding announced for WWI memorials across Bundaberg

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt today announced almost $50,000 for organisations in Bundaberg and Bargara to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War.

Mr Pitt said the Bundaberg Regional Council would receive $44,941 under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program, to build a memorial on the Bargara esplanade in time for 100th anniversary commemorations in 2015.

“The Bargara Dawn Service has been so well attended in recent years that the current memorial site is at capacity,” Mr Pitt said.

“The new WWI memorial will accommodate larger crowds to inform, educate and inspire future generations.

“The memorial will feature a catafalque commemorating the Anzac spirit, and form part of Council’s broader refurbishment of the esplanade.”

Mr Pitt said the Bundaberg & District Ex-Service Women’s Association would receive $1668 to commemorate when the first contingent of Australian Army Nursing Sisters departed for Gallipoli.

President Jenny Waldron said the Association would revitalise the War Nurses Memorial Park, across from the Bundaberg Base Hospital, to include a new Australian Service Nurses Memorial Wall that will complement the existing heritage-listed pavilion.

“The wall will also feature a special plaque to acknowledge the woman who served in units and hospitals other than the Australian Army Nursing Service. We are seeking the community’s help to ensure all our nurses are named,” Ms Waldron said.

“Sacrifice, courage, devotion, faith, hope and charity will be the memorial’s central themes.

“We are truly grateful for the support we have received from our local representatives and the community.”

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 these very worthwhile local projects, which commemorate one of the most significant events in Australia’s history,” Mr Pitt said.

[ENDS] 8 May 2014

Media contact: Larine Statham 0427 653 814


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