COUNTRY Tasmanian communities stand to benefit from extra federal government money available to help commemorate the centenary of Anzac.

New Lyons Liberal MHR Eric Hutchinson wants to hear from local community groups such as RSL clubs and councils keen to apply for some of the $125,000 now available for the electorate for a range of public commemorative events or projects.

An extra $25,000 per electorate has been poured into the Anzac centenary anniversary nationally since the September federal election to help get local commemorations off the ground.

Those eligible for the funding would include community and ex-service organisations, schools and other educational institutions, museums and cultural institutions, local government authorities and other non-profit organisations.

The types of projects and events that could qualify for the centenary funding include public commemorative events such as enlistments and other World War I events that have had a significant impact on the local community, new World War I memorials or honour boards, restoration of existing World War I memorials or honour boards, the preservation, interpretation and display of World War I war-time and military memorabilia and artefacts and relevant school projects such as research with a focus on military involvement and social impacts and the products of research.

Applications will be assessed at a local area level by an independent community committee with projects up to the sum of $125,000 selected.

They will then be sent on to be assessed at the national level.

Mr Hutchinson said that applications needed to be lodged with the Lyons’ assessment committee early in the New Year to be ready to make the federal government’s May closing date.

He urged community organisations to get involved not only to commemorate this historic event but to take the opportunity to understand where Australians fought and why.

Further information and application forms are available from Mr Hutchinson’s Perth office, phone 6398 1115 or online

Federal Liberal Candidate for Lyons, Eric Hutchinson