Locals urged to be part of anzac centenary

Member for Lalor Joanne Ryan has reminded local residents wishing to attend Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli next year that the ballot will close on 31 January.

 “With only a few weeks to go, it’s really important that anyone who wants to be there submit their application as soon as possible.”

 Ms Ryan said the ballot system had been agreed upon by the Governments of Australia, New Zealand and Turkey as the most fair and equitable process for organising attendance.

 “Thousands of Australians will want to be a part of this truly exceptional experience and so I would urge local people to register at http://www.gallipoli2015.dva.gov.au .”

 Ms Ryan also reminded local community groups to apply for funding under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program for projects within the Wyndham community.

 Ms Ryan said that the program provided each electorate with $125,000 in funding to commemorate the Anzac Centenary and the First World War I.

 “These grants are open now, so those in the community thinking about developing a project to commemorate the Centenary should apply for funding,” Ms Ryan said.

 “This is an important opportunity to honour the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women, so I would encourage our community groups to get involved.” Program guidelines and applications are available on the Anzac Centenary website at http://www.anzaccentenary.gov.au

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