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Anzac Centenary Grants

03 Jul 2014

Applications are now open to community groups for grants of up to $5,000 to support events and projects that commemorate the ANZAC Centenary.

The grants are available as part of a $4.5 million Territory-wide program of events. The Anzac Centenary Program will run from August 2014 to November 2018 and will commemorate significant events for Australia from World War I. It will also include a Centenary of Service aimed at acknowledging important anniversaries of other conflicts during that time, including the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin.

Local community groups are encouraged to apply, including community and ex service organisations, schools and educational institutions, museums, local governments and other not for profit organisations. 

Grants can be used for things such as public commemorative events, restoration of memorials, displays and research projects aimed at raising awareness of the ANZAC Centenary.

Applications close on 26 September 2014 and funding will be made available from January 2015 to help organisations start planning their commemorative events and activities.

Application forms and guidelines are available online at www.dcm.nt.gov.au/anzac_centenary or can be picked up in person at the Department of the Chief Minister Offices, in Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Nhulunbuy.

For further information please contact the Anzac Centenary Officer on 8999 5260 or email at anzac.centenary@nt.gov.au.

Borella family joins historic ride

29 Aug 2014

The grandson of the Territory’s only Victoria Cross recipient will help re-enact the war hero’s historic journey to enlist, as part of next year’s ANZAC Centenary commemorations.

Richard Borella never really knew his famous Grandfather but he has been aware of his famous reputation since he was a youngster. The penny dropped when he was eight and a plaque was unveiled in his Grandfather’s honour on Borella Road, in Albury.

Albert Borella walked, swam through flooded rivers, rode horses and eventually travelled on a mail coach and a train to Darwin. Unable to sign on there, he was taken by ship to Queensland, and then went on to Western Australia for training. He served at Gallipoli and was then transferred to the action of the Western Front. Borella received the distinctions of Mention in Despatches and the Military Medal for his services in action. Wounded, he was commissioned in the field and then received the highest honour for bravery in military service, the Victoria Cross.

Next year, Richard Borella and a group of companions will travel over 1000 kms, stopping in communities including Tennant Creek, Renner Springs, Elliott, Dunmarra, Daly Waters, Larrimah, Mataranka, Katherine, Pine Creek and Darwin.

Albert Borella’s son, Rowan, is also in Darwin with his family this week helping to plan for the ride next year.

The Borella Ride will be the Northern Territory’s flagship centenary activity. It will be held in February and March next year, giving roadside spectators, tourists, schools and communities an insight into Albert Borella’s life.

It has been generously funded through the Federal Government’s Anzac Centenary Public fund.

In May this year, the Territory Government announced a wider program of events to help community groups commemorate the Anzac Centenary and Centenary of Service.

For more information on The Borella Ride, please go to: http://www.theborellaride.com.au/

To find out more about the ANZAC Centenary events please visit: http://www.dcm.nt.gov.au/anzac_centenary

A selection of images of Albert Borella is available for download at: http://is.gd/eoQqFo