LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has today accepted 150 Avenue of Honour commemorative pins, which he hopes to use to raise a further $15,000 for the project from Members of Parliament in Canberra.
The Australian Government has contributed $100,000 to the project but, to date, Mr Entsch is believed to be the only politician who has personally donated to the cause. This includes MP Bob Katter, whose electorate of Kennedy includes Lake Tinaroo, Yungaburra and the Avenue of Honour.
“It’s time to up the ante and encourage our Members of Parliament and Senators to help this national memorial reach its fundraising target,” Mr Entsch said today.
“I’ll take these pins to Canberra and on Monday 17th June I’ll be making a speech to Parliament about the national significance of the Avenue of Honour project. I’ll also make it clear that it’s not just about raising enough money to complete the memorial, it’s also about making sure there’s enough in the kitty to maintain it over the next few years.
Cairns RSL Sub-Branch committee member Kel Ryan (left) and president David Clifton present Mr Entsch with the pins.
“Every MP who donates $100 or more will receive one of the limited edition commemorative pins, but it’s ‘first in first served’ so they better be quick!”
Cairns RSL Sub-Branch president David Clifton and committee member Kel Ryan presented Mr Entsch with the pins. RSL branches around the region have raised approximately $60,000 for the Avenue of Honour project, through cash donations and fundraising.
“The RSLs have done a fantastic job and it’s time they received some acknowledgement for their efforts,” Mr Entsch said. “They more than most people recognise what a sacrifice these servicemen have made and the impact on their families and loved ones for years to come.”
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