MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has today called on local veterans’ groups, sports clubs and councils to consider applying for funding for repairs and maintenance projects on local war memorial sites.
Mr Marshall said the NSW Community War Memorial Grant Fund provided grants up to $10,000 to undertake repairs on local war memorial sites, with applications above $10,000 considered in exceptional circumstances.
“Community war memorials are a lasting reminder of the sacrifice that local servicemen and servicewomen have made in defence of our country over more than a century,” Mr Marshall said.
“In previous rounds funding was secured for improvement works at memorials in Inverell and Moree.
“The grants are open to local organisations in to fund repair works on local war memorial sites across the region. Applications close on Anzac Day, 25 April 2015.
“Funding will available support vital repairs to plaques, honour boards and facades which commemorate NSW veterans who have served across many theatres of conflict, from the First World War on.”
Mr Marshall said the fund was about ensuring that NSW war memorials stood proud for future generations.
“The NSW Government is committed to supporting the ongoing maintenance of the thousands of local memorials across our state,” he said.
“These projects will take on even greater importance now the Centenary of ANZAC commemorative period is underway.”
The State War Memorials Committee considers applications for the repair or conservation of memorials commemorating Australia’s military heritage. NSW RSL, the NSW Government Architect’s Office, the Office of Environment & Heritage and the Office of Veterans’ Affairs are represented on the Committee.
To make an application please visit: http://veterans.nsw.gov.au/community-war-memorials-fund/ or contact the NSW Office of Veterans’ Affairs on 9228 4710