Push for projects

Federal Member for Braddon Brett Whiteley (second from right) looks over some the plans for upcoming commemorative projects with Circular Head Council general manager Tony Smart and Circular Head RSL Centenary Committee members Lizzy Gale, Sue Popowski and Sue Smedley. Picture: Bodey Dittloff.

Group. Circular Head RSL Centenary Committee members have welcomed additional financial support in their efforts to complete commemorative projects across the region.

Federal Member for Braddon Brett Whiteley met with those involved at Smithton’s Anzac Park on Friday morning, where he received an update on draft plans and officially delivered $18,188 under the ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program.

With concepts in Marrawah, Smithton and Stanley all progressing, Mr Whiteley thanked the committee for their commitment towards projects surrounding the significant milestone.

“The enthusiasm shown by locals for these projects is a great testament to the passion of the RSL and locals to keep the spirit of remembrance alive,” he said.

“These three landmarks will serve as a lasting reminder of the contribution of Circular Head residents to the Great War and encourage younger generations to keep alive the spirit and ethos of the ANZAC.”

Mr Whiteley said he would look to do “everything I can” to encourage visitors to the new projects, adding the aim of the grants was to help local residents commemorate those that fought at Gallipoli “in a way that is unique to the region”.

Centenary Committee member Lizzy Gale thanked those who had contributed their time and money in the lead up to this year’s commemorations, believing all aspects would be completed on schedule.

“This is the one we’ve all had our fingers crossed for,” she said. “With the continued support of the community, all projects will be finished in time for Anzac Day.”

Mrs Gale added that the committee would continue to look at other projects after the significant April milestone, praising the work of members Sue Popowski and Sue Smedley in particular for their commitment.

“The job the two Sues have done on the research – it’s just brought so much out of it,” she said.

“One project closes and then one opens, things are added on. It’s just great for the community.”

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