Festival to transform city

ALBANY will be transformed on Anzac Day with a major festival to celebrate the Centenary of Federation

To help Albany celebrate, the WA Government will contribute $100,000 toward the festival.

Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Rob Johnson said Albany had played a pivotal role in the formation of Australia as a nation.

“This money will help Albany celebrate its past, as well as look to the future,” the Minister said.

“The festival is expected to attract more than 40,000 active participants and will include a Federation concert, parade, citizenship ceremonies, street theatre performances and Anzac Day commemorations, including a trench breakfast and exhibitions.”

The Minister said the Albany Federation Festival was one of four major events to be funded in the fifth and final round of Centenary grants committed by the State Government.

The final allocation of funds takes to 201 the number of community projects that have shared in $3.5 million set aside by the WA Government to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Federation.

Communities have pledged a further $14.5 million to realise local Centenary of Federation projects.

“The projects will enhance the lives of remote communities like Gascoyne Junction and Laverton, as well as regional centres of Albany and Carnarvon and the heart of Perth itself,” Mr Johnson said.

“Successful projects will culminate in 2001 and form lasting reminders of the Centenary of Federation as well as provide valuable facilities and attractions that will benefit the wider community.”

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