MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall is encouraging local veterans’ groups and councils to consider applying for grants of up to $10,000 to preserve and enhance the region’s war memorials.
Mr Marshall said the NSW Community War Memorials Fund was established to help repair, conserve and restore war memorials across the state.
“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.
“Grants are offered twice a year and applications for round one close on Remembrance Day, 11 November.
“Funding has been provided for the conservation of a wide range of war memorials, from statues and honour rolls, to memorial gates and memorial halls and in previous rounds improvement works have been carried out at the Inverell, Moree and Dangarsleigh memorials.”
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,” Mr Marshall said.
“During the Centenary of the ANZAC (2014- 2018), it is important to ensure that our war memorials continue to stand proud and strong.”
Applications for the protection and conservation of memorials honouring NSW’s military heritage will be assessed by a committee comprised of representatives from the Government Architect’s Office, Office of Environment and Heritage, Veterans’ Affairs and the NSW RSL.
For more information about the Community War Memorials Fund, including application forms, visit www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/community-war-memorials-fund