The City of Wanneroo has set up a working group to steer plans for a “significant” Anzac Day centenary commemoration next year.
Councillors meeting on April 1 agreed to establish an Anzac Day 2015 commemorative working group comprising the Mayor, deputy Mayor, Freeman of the City Graham Edwards and RSL representatives.
Mayor Tracey Roberts said the City lost several residents to war and the 10th Light Horse Trail, which marks a World War II campsite, was just off Wanneroo Road near Flynn Drive.
Deputy Mayor Dot Newton said RSL groups had found it more difficult to put on Anzac Day ceremonies over the past few years as members aged. The working group would be there to help organise a memorable event.
‘I see Federal funding is available and urge RSL groups to apply,’ she said.
Cr Linda Aitken, whose relatives fought at Gallipoli, said it was wonderful to acknowledge the Anzacs who fought and died for their country.
In a report, chief executive Daniel Simms said the City had records of 29 local men who served in the Australian Imperial Forces in World War I.
‘The men served in significant battles, mainly on the Western Front in Europe, including Gallipoli, Pozieres, Mouquet Farm and Bullecourt,’ he said.
‘With the significant history and local connection to Anzac Day, it is important the City significantly commemorates the Anzac Day Centenary.’
Mr Simms said events should involve or be approved by local RSL groups, focus on local history including the 10th Light Horse and on education and children.
Community groups can apply for money through the Anzac Centenary local grants program, which has allocated up to $125,000 per Federal electorate.
Applications close on June 30.
Details are available from MPs, Department of Veterans Affairs or go to anzaccentenary.gov.au.