Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, far right, looks over the magnificent gates to the Glen Innes ANZAC Park National Service Memorial and Garden with Glen Innes RSL secretary Gail Turnbull and President Gordon Taylor. The gates will be renovated with support from the State Government’s Community War Memorials Fund.
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
THE memory of Glen Innes war veterans, far from fading, is being retouched as part of a NSW Government program to conserve the State’s war memorials.
Local MP Adam Marshall announced that the Glen Innes ANZAC Park National Service Memorial and Garden has received $3,135 as part of the Community War Memorials Fund.
The funds are being used to clean and repaint the Memorial’s magnificent gateway and give the cenotaph a new look.
“The Anzac Community Grant Fund is also providing $1,818 to help 18 elderly Glen Innes veterans take an excursion to RAAF Base Williamtown and the Australian Army Museum in Singleton,” Mr Marshall said.
“We need to be sure that there is no dimming of our memory of the men and women who served so that the rest of us could live in peace.
“This funding helps to keep our memorials to these people fresh, and provides for a shared social occasion for some of our living veterans.”
Glen Innes RSL sub-branch President Gordon Taylor was delighted that the funding will help the RSL “keep the memory of our veterans alive for the future”.
“We’d like to express our gratitude to Adam for his work in helping us get these grants,’ Mr Taylor said. “Adam’s input into this community has been exceptional.”
Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said the Community War Memorials Fund will invest more than $120,000 in 20 war memorials.
“These memorials have significant heritage value and meaning for their communities, with some commemorating conflicts as far back as the Boer War, which ended in 1902,” Mr Elliott said.
“They also represent more than a century of architectural design history in regional NSW.”
In addition, the Anzac Community Grant Program has awarded 24 grants of up to $2000 to a number of schools, community organisations and historical societies for educational programs and commemorative events.
“The projects being supported by the Anzac Community Grants Program demonstrate an ongoing commitment by the community to recognising Australia’s war service history.”
“Each of these projects has been chosen for funding based on their ability to educate a new generation and support the NSW veteran community.