The Yendon History Group has been awarded a $7,700 grant from the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program to support the restoration and re-dedication of the Yendon Avenue of Honour.
Federal Member for Ballarat, Catherine King said the funding would enable the Yendon community to commemorate its proud wartime history.
“The Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program supports projects that commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women in the First World War,” Ms King said.
“The Yendon Avenue of Honour was originally planted around 80 years ago and today, nine mature oak trees remain.
“Extensive research into the history of the avenue and the wartime service of the Yendon community has revealed 60 local soldiers and sailors served in the Great War.
“Sixteen of these brave men who served our nation made the ultimate sacrifice.
“This grant will support the restoration of the avenue including a new outdoor honour board, plaques, signage and the planting of seven new trees to commemorate all 16 men lost to our community in the war.
“I’d like to acknowledge the work of Yendon History Group and Moorabool Shire Council for their commitment and partnership on this important project.
“Thanks also to the members of local Anzac Centenary Grants committee for their expert advice and assessment of applications for funding from the program.”
The program has already received applications to support up to $125,000 of local projects in the Federal Electorate of Ballarat that commemorate the First World War.
For further information go to http://www.anzaccentenary.gov.au/grants/index.htm or contact Ms King’s office at 5 Lydiard St North, Ballarat, Ph: 5338 8123.