Irrigator letters to the editor, November 14, 2017.

Austin Evans, Member Elect for Murray, has called for applications in the latest round of the Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF) and the Anzac Community Grants Program (ACGP). 

Mr Evans said new funding of $175,000 is now available to help communities protect and repair local war memorials and to support projects which commemorate the service of current and former NSW service men and women.

ANZAC: A solemn Sam Robinson at Remembrance Day 2017 services last weekend. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo

ANZAC: A solemn Sam Robinson at Remembrance Day 2017 services last weekend. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo

“The CWMF provides grants of up to $10,000 for local war memorial projects, including conservation works and protection. There are two rounds a year each offering $125,000, closing on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day,“ Mr Evans said.

The $50,000 ACGP provides grants of up to $2,000 to schools, community and veterans groups to educate the community on the service and sacrifice of military personnel, support activities benefiting veterans, and engage with the community.

The majority of projects proposed for the latest ACGP round were applications to support Anzac Day commemorative activities.

Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said he was proud of the NSW Government’s investment in local and state war memorials, which help ensures that the service and sacrifice they represent can be understood.

“It is part of an impressive program of work happening right through the Centenary of the Anzac, including refurbishing the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, rolling out the Veterans Employment Program, and also supporting the Invictus Games in 2018,” Mr Elliott said.

Applications for both grant programs are open until Remembrance Day, Saturday 11 November 2017. For more information, please visit:

Austin Evans, Member for Murray.


We invite you to become a sponsor for our father-son team at the Annual "Riverina Redneck Rally 2018".

The first Car Rally was held on March 18, 2017 and raised an amazing $123,614 for Country Hope, which is a Riverina/Murray-based organisation offering support to children diagnosed with cancer and other life threatening illnesses.

The primary source of funding for Country Hope is from corporate sponsors and community fundraisers.

Due to the fact that they receive no Government funding like a lot of the larger support groups, money raised by us stays in the MIA.

This is the reason why we decided to become a part of the fundraising champions to support Country Hope who are the sole beneficiary of all our fundraising efforts.

After the very first Riverina Redneck Rally was run it became the largest fundraiser that Country hope has ever had and we are aiming to try and double this amount on the second rally. 

As a Riverina Redneck Rally competitor we are to raise funds to aid Country Hope.

Once our team was accepted into the rally we then must raise a minimum of $2500 to be eligible to participate in the rally. 

Your Donation or Sponsorship for our Team not only helps out Country Hope but also enables this great fundraising event to continue to be a successful event each year. 

Donations - This can be as little as $2 but every little bit helps achieve our goal.

Jeff and Mat Johnson.