Govt unveils draft Anzac centenary plans


Govt unveils draft Anzac centenary plans
Updated: 15:36, Sunday April 21, 2013
Govt unveils draft Anzac centenary plans

A series of interactive ‘travelling museums’ will form part of the federal government’s official Centenary of Anzac program, which has received a $25 million funding boost.

The extra cash, on top of the $83.5 million committed in last year’s budget, will help prepare what Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called the most significant Anzac commemoration ‘in our lifetimes’.

Australia will mark the Anzac Centenary between 2014 and 2018, commemorating 100 years since the nation’s involvement in World War One.

The government’s advisory board on the centenary program released its official blueprint for the proceedings on Sunday, including 25 recommendations the government accepted as a whole.

Ms Gillard thanked the board and its head, former Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston, for their excellent work.

‘This will be a time when all Australians can reflect upon the service and sacrifice of those who have served our country past and present,’ she said in a statement.

The $25 million is for projects that need some capital to get started early, including $10 million for the national Anzac Centenary Travelling Exhibition.

A major feature of the program, the museums will travel widely across Australia and include a state-of-the-art interactive wall that allows people to leave their own personal Anzac story.

The high-tech Anzac History Wall will be trucked around the country for three-and-a-half years and is expected to reach 85 per cent of the population.

An event to commemorate the first convoy that left Albany in 1914, a project to protect a Gallipoli submarine and a series of documentaries will receive $2.5 million each.

The remaining $7.2 million of the extra funding will go towards academic research including for the Anzac archives, history grants and the digitisation of First World War repatriation records.

The government in February announced it would double the amount available for local communities seeking grants to join the centenary to $100,000 per electorate.

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