Fuelling Anzac spirit

Keith and Dot Collins, of Bicton, with City of Melville councillor Susanne Taylor Rees and Fremantle MHR Melissa Parke. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Keith and Dot Collins, of Bicton, with City of Melville councillor Susanne Taylor Rees and Fremantle MHR Melissa Parke. Picture: Martin Kennealey

They were three of seven groups in Fremantle, Melville and Cockburn to receive federal grants to honour the event.

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre was given $10,000, which will go towards its production of Norman Jorgensen’s book In Flanders Fields, while Beaconsfield Primary School received $16,000 to install a remembrance mural, and outdoor classroom space that will be used to link students to Australia’s history.

The City of Fremantle was given two grants, one for $41,000 to publish resource booklets for local schools, a gunfire breakfast, the North Fremantle memorial service and an exhibition.

They also received a $30,000 grant that will help them project the 849 Fremantle people who died in World War I on to the Fremantle Town Hall.

Fremantle community development director Marisa Spaziani said the grants would go a long way to helping the city participate in, support and host a number of events over the commemorative period.

Fremantle MHR Melissa Parke said a century on from the first Anzac Day, it was critical that people remember the lives and stories of locals who served in the war.

‘The commemoration of Anzac is about paying respect to the suffering of so many, while ensuring that current generations understand the terrible damage, waste and often the sheer futility of war,’ she said. ‘These local community events really bring home the profound impact of World War I and its lasting resonance in this part of Australia.’