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August 20th, 2019 by admin

Centenary of 1918 secures $50k for RSL

GOULBURN Mulwaree Council has voted to give the local RSL Sub Branch $50,000 to assist with planning for AnzacDay and Remembrance Day services in 2018.
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SIGNIFICANT MOMENT: Cadet Under Officer Elijah Fernance during last year’s Anzac Day centenary commemoration in Goulburn.

In the initialletter to the council requesting the funding, Goulburn RSLSub-Branch secretary Mal Ritchie said in 2018the branch was proposingto stage a similar event to that heldin 2015, which markedthe centenary of the Anzac landings.

The letter saidthis event wouldcommemorate the end of WWI and that it wouldhappen onAnzac Day,2018.

“This year being the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI will obviously be a bigger than the usual commemoration, and we certainly appreciateassistancetowards the costs,” Mr Ritchie wrote.

“We arebeginning to plan for 2018 and this would be a load off our back regarding funding,” the letter said.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the council voted to allocatethe $50,000 in the 2017/18 budget to assist with these commemorations.

At the meeting, Goulburn Muwlaree general manager Warwick Bennett confirmedthe expenditure would assist to televisethe 2018 Dawn Service into Belmore Park.

OnThursday,Goulburn RSLSub-Branch president Gordon Wade thanked the council for giving the RSL Sub Branch the funding.

“Theplan is to hold fitting events to commemorate the centenary of the ending of WWI in 2018,” Mr Wade said.

“We have started planning it, but there is a fair bit to do so,this grant will be very helpful to us to stage the event.

“Noting that 2018 is the centenaryof the cessation of WWI, weintend to duplicate the service that was held on Anzac Day in 2015, whereby the Dawn Service on Rocky Hillwillbe transmittedontoa large screen in Belmore Park.

“We are very appreciative for council’s contribution to assist with this. Wehope this money will also assist us with the Remembrance Day service, which will also be asignificant event that will be held on Rocky Hill in 2018.”

In 2015, the centenary of Anzac Day drew massive crowds into Belmore Park and onto Rocky Hill for the Dawn Service. It was the first time that the service had been televised to the park. There was also a moving sunset service onRocky Hill.

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