To do this, the NSW Government is providing $165,000 in funding to enable veterans’ groups, sports clubs and councils to undertake maintenance work on 17 local war memorial sites.
Each grant, worth up to $20,000, will fund vital repairs to plaques, honour boards and facades to ensure war memorials across our towns and suburbs continue to stand proud for future generations.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Victor Dominello said community war memorials were an enduring reminder of the service and sacrifice that NSW men and women made in defence of our country for over more than a century.
“The NSW Government is committed to maintaining our war memorials and these grants are a small but symbolic way of honouring those who have served proudly and died in Australian Defence Force operations,” Mr Dominello said.
“With the Centenary of Anzac period approaching we all have an obligation to commemorate our diggers who fought gallantly in the First World War to protect the freedoms and privileges we now enjoy.
Some of the memorial revitalisation projects are:
- Recasting a sandstone frame for a memorial at Holsworthy Army Barracks dedicated to 15 commandos killed in action in Afghanistan.
- Stabilising the Kiama Memorial Arch and installing brown marble name plates.
- Restoring the first Aboriginal Australian designed and built memorial - Douglas Grant’s Sydney Harbour Bridge Memorial at Callan Park, Leichhardt.
- Providing new brick paving and seating at the War Memorial Clock Tower in Taree.
The State War Memorials Committee is considering applications for the repair or conservation of memorials commemorating Australia’s military heritage.
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