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Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Page: 2763

Dr SOUTHCOTT (Boothby) (13:46): I rise to congratulate many groups across my electorate who have been successful in receiving funding through the Australian government's Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program. In particular, I would like to say how great it is that so many schools around my electorate have embraced the Centenary of Anzac.

While the RSLs and established commemorative groups are doing so, a good two-thirds of these grants will be going to local schools. These include Scotch College, Westminster School, Brighton Secondary School, Blackwood High School, Aberfoyle Park High School, Aberfoyle Park Primary School, Flagstaff Hill R7 School, Seacliff School and Colonel Light Gardens Primary School. These schools will be undertaking a wide range of activities, from constructing new memorials to staging musical productions, displaying local First World War memorabilia and producing a film about the First World War featuring, researched and narrated by students, for students.

That last project, in particular, had the selection committee quite excited. I cannot wait to see the final result. The Colonel Light Gardens Primary School is actually at the site of what was the Mitcham Army Camp, where soldiers did their training before they departed for France, Gallipoli and the Middle East. They have used the skills of the parent body to put this proposal together.

Congratulations to all the grant recipients. I look forward to working with the community to deliver commemorations that will honour our nation's centenary of service and mark the nation-defining events of this Centenary of Anzac.