New funding for war memorials across NSW

From Lismore to Thirroul, Gundagai to Kogarah, more than 16 local government areas across NSW will benefit from new funding for conservation work to their local war memorials.

More than $125,000 will be invested in the protection and repair of local war memorials, under the Community War Memorials Fund 2021/22, which commemorate the sacrifice of service men and women.

Minister for Transport and Veterans David Elliott today announced the successful projects for the latest round of the community grants which support the conservation, repair and protection of local memorials.

“This Anzac Day, people across NSW will gather to pay respect and honour our diggers so it is vitally important we also protect our local war memorials so that young people understand the sacrifices made during the war,” Mr Elliott said.

“A total of $125,160 was awarded in this round, with grants ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 so all communities should review the status of their local war memorials and apply for funding if any restoration work is needed.”

The recent grants will support a variety of conservation projects including: an arborist assessment of Newman Park Great War Memorial Avenue of Honour in Orange; repairs to the Corowa First and Second World Wars Memorial Clock; and the restoration of the St Andrew’s Anglican Church War Memorial Gates in Lismore.

Lismore Parish representative Dr Ross Lehman said the funding had come at an important time as they were working to engage more with the community to encourage people to take the time to remember the service and sacrifice of our veterans.

“We are very thankful to be the recipients of the NSW Government grants. Importantly we are looking forward to relocating the Honour Roll and Plaque to honour the veterans from the First World War.” Dr Lehman said.

Mr Elliott also called for applications for the latest round of the Community War Memorials Fund. “I encourage all communities who believe their local memorials needs repair or restoration to apply”.

The next round of the Community War Memorials Fund opens on Anzac Day and closes at 5pm on Monday 25 July 2022.

To be eligible for funding, the memorial must be listed on the NSW War Memorials Register. A list of recipients, program information and the application form is available here

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