Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino announced $35,000 has been made available by the Federal Government to support three Busselton RSL Sub-branch projects which will commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australians during the First World War.
“The Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program enables communities to support commemorations at the local level by giving them the opportunity to secure funding for projects that preserve the stories of local servicemen and women for generations to come,” Mrs Marino said.
“The ambitious projects being undertaken here in Busselton reflect the community’s desire to know more about the lives of people who went to war and those who remained at home.”
“I congratulate the Busselton RSL sub branch for their successful funding and I look forward to seeing how the projects progress this year.”
Busselton RSL Sub-branch junior vice president Grant Henley said this grant would enable a fitting tribute to the men of the district who volunteered to serve in the Great War.
“The Busselton RSL intends to workshop with the community to catalogue memorabilia and mementoes of those who served and develop an educational dramatic presentation to interpret their story for future generations,” Mr Henley said.
“It is also planned to expand on the names on the Busselton memorial by creating plaques outlining service and some personal details of the 180 men who went away to war.
“The club has already begun the process by compiling a book of known records and research by local history experts.”
The three projects being undertaken are:
The installation of plaques around Victoria Square to celebrate the lives of the 180 servicemen listed on the Busselton War Memorial.
An exhibition to unearth and share memorabilia related to local stories which will eventually go on display at the Busselton Cultural Precinct.
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The commissioning of a playwright to sift through the Sharing Stories project and develop a play which will reveal the characters of the serviceman who went to the First World War.