Local Governments mark Great War

Across Australia local governments are responding to community interest in the ANZAC Centenary, which runs until 2018.

It is a special time to honour Australians who served during the Great War and the conflicts that followed.

Many local governments are working with local schools, community groups and businesses to plan events in their area.

While the Centenary is a national undertaking, councils are taking the opportunity to highlight the impact the Great War had in their areas.

From 1914 to 1918, councils and shires continued to provide services to their towns and districts even as aldermen and staff volunteered for the front.

BrandNet, a family owned company in Canberra, has developed a Great War Collection of commemorative artworks, gifts and keepsakes to support council plans.

The Collection, which represents the dignity of the ANZAC Centenary, is one way councils can create a lasting Centenary memory.

A catalogue has gone to every local government in Australia.

BrandNet’s Dollar for Diggers program mean 10 percent of Collection sales goes to Soldier On, the not for profit group helping Australian defense Force members injured in Iraq, Afghanistan and other recent conflicts.

So far $110 000 has been raised for veteran projects.

Visit australiagreatwar.com.au to see what other councils are planning and record your own Centenary events.