Hon Joe Francis MLA

Hon Joe Francis MLA

Former Minister for Emergency Services; Fisheries; Corrective Services; Veterans

    Lotterywest grant to help honour our ANZACs

    1/03/2016 11:00 AM
     
    • $1.05 million grant to RSLWA to support Anzac Day events
    • Funding to help stage dawn services and the Perth parade  

    Anzac Day services across the State this year will be supported by a Lotterywest grant of more than $1 million.

     

    Veterans Minister Joe Francis said the $1.05 million grant would help the Returned and Services League WA (RSLWA) to stage the Kings Park dawn service, Perth parade and other services across the State.

     

    "With attendances at Anzac Day events increasing every year, particularly among young people, this grant is an important part of making sure the day is observed with the reverence it deserves," Mr Francis said.

     

    "Lotterywest has been a great supporter of returned service men, women and their families.

     

    "Since 2002, it has made 185 grants to RSLWA and RSL sub-branches totalling $14.5 million."

     

    RSLWA also receives financial support from the ANZAC Day Trust Fund which last year contributed $129,000.

     

    "Significantly, this year is the centenary of the formation of the RSLWA, which was established by soldiers returning from the Great War," the Minister said.

     

    "To mark the occasion, the Perth Mint has produced Australian legal tender gold and silver coins featuring the distinctive RSL emblem.

     

    "The limited issue commemorative coins are a fitting tribute to an organisation which has made such a profound contribution to our veterans' community."

     

    Fact File

    • The first Lotterywest grant to support returned service men, women and their families was in 1933
    • Since 2002, Lotterywest has made 185 grants to RSLWA and RSL sub-branches totalling $14.5 million
    • Last financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA community
    • 2016 is the centenary anniversary of the establishment of the RSLWA
    • 2016 marks 100 years since the Fromelles and Pozieres campaigns, the first major engagements for the Australian Imperial Force on the Western Front
    • For more information, visit http://perthmint.com.au  

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