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Funding secured for ANZAC commemorations

Latrobe City Council has resolved to allocate funds until the end of next year to cover traffic management costs for ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services conducted by local RSL clubs.

By Portal Admin - 16th February 2017 - Back to News

Latrobe City Council’s mayor, Cr Kellie O’Callaghan, said it was the depth of community connection to the commemorations that moved Council to assure the funding.

"We know our community is fiercely protective of events such as ANZAC and Remembrance Day services. Numbers attending services, across all age groups, are rising and the younger generation is particularly engaged. We are delighted to be able to commit to the financial assistance needed to assist local RSLs to continue to deliver the dawn services and parades.

"A rise in requirements for training and traffic management compliance added significantly to the costs of organising the services. Extending the assistance until the end of 2018 is in line with the marking of the centenary of ANZAC, a national acknowledgement of the Australian and New Zealand efforts during World War I," Cr O’Callaghan said.

"Council also decided to investigate the possibility of gaining corporate sponsorship so the long-term future of local services and parades can be secured. We will continue to liaise with the local RSLs to help them lobby for funding from other levels of government.

"The ANZAC spirit reflects tenacity and determination. Council will not give up advocating to secure funds to cover expenses for our dawn services - services our community would see as a small sacrifice to acknowledge our fallen heroes," Cr O’Callaghan concluded.

Media Enquiries:

Cr Kellie O’Callaghan, Latrobe City Mayor

Telephone: 0400 696 324

Cr Graeme Middlemiss, Latrobe City Deputy Mayor

Telephone: 0417 379 059

Media Relations Office

Telephone: 5128 5458

For general enquiries, contact Latrobe City Council on 1300 367 700.

Source: www.gippsland.com

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