Centenary of Anzac grants in Ballina Shire

COMMEMORATIONS will be held across the country for the centenary of Anzac this Saturday.

In the lead up, Page MP Kevin Hogan has announced a three Anzac Centenary grants to aid in the commemorations.

Whalers Way

When Australia went to war in 1915, so did 160,000 'Waler' horses - horses that quickly became legendary on the Turkish battlefield.

To mark the Anzac Centenary, the Federal Government has funded an $8000 project to create a tree-line commemorate avenue in Ballina to be known as  "Walers Way".

The idea for Walers Way came from two community members and was backed by Ballina Councillor Susan Meehan.

Memorabilia cases

Mr Hogan also announced a $5438 grant to the Ballina RSL sub-branch for two purpose-built cases to display a large amount of WW1 memorabilia and artefacts from local families whose ancestors fought during the war and other major conflicts.

Navy dispay

In addition, Mr Hogan announced a $1600 grant to the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum for cabinets to display a number of historic engagements by the Royal Australian Navy during WWI, including HMAS Australia capturing German territories in the South Pacific, HMAS Sydney sinking the Emden, the role of our navy during the Gallipoli campaign and the Submarine HMAS AE2 entering the Dardanelles prior to Gallipoli.

"The Anzac Centenary Local Grants Programme enables our communities to support commemorations at the local level by giving them the opportunity to secure funding for projects that preserve the stories of our local servicemen and women for generations to come," Mr Hogan said.

"These grants will complement the wider series of commemorative activities that have been developed throughout the Northern Rivers.