Member for Barker Tony Pasin is calling for expressions of interest for local community commemorations in Barker to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in 2018.Mr Pasin said organisations ion Barker will share in $50,000 in funding through the Federal Government’s Armistice Day Centenary Grants Programme.

“Next year Australians will pause and reflect on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War,” Mr Pasin said.

“From a population of fewer than five million people, 416,809 men enlisted, of whom more than 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner.

“Australia’s involvement in the First World War began when Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914.

“Every year on Anzac Day we mark anniversary of day the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) landed on Gallipoli in Turkey. It is the day we honour the service and sacrifice of every Australian who served in the First World War and all those who have served since.

“Armistice Day, commemorated on November 11 each year marks the end of the First World War. 11 November 2018 will mark 100 years since the First World War ended.

“I encourage groups in Barker to apply for funding under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program to mark this important milestone in Australia’s history,” said Mr Pasin.

“The grants program opens this month and support projects or activities that commemorate the end of the First World War.”

“Expressions of interest are now open need to be lodged with my office by close of business Friday 8 December.”

“For more information including expression of interest forms please contact my office,” said Mr Pasin.


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