NSW restoration fund offers $10K grants for war memorials

By Melissa Coade

Monday April 26, 2021

Lest we forget. (Image: Facebook)

The Community War Memorials Fund provides grants of up to $10,000 for repair, protection and conservation maintenance of war memorials located in NSW.

The fund was established  to support memorial trusts, veteran groups and local councils maintain war memorials across the state. 

Minister for veterans Geoff Lee said it was important to ensure the protection of significant monuments by supporting upkeep projects such as conservation assessments, honour roll repair, cleaning, and repairs to war memorial halls.

“We need to maintain our NSW memorials for future generations, whether it’s trees lining a reflection drive or an honour roll in the main street,” Mr Lee said.

“Big, small, living or manmade – all war memorials are an important way our communities can honour the service of former defence personnel and their families.”

Hornsby Shire Council has previously used money from the fund to undertake $10,000 restoration works of the 1928 Beecroft War Memorial. The memorial lists the names of local servicemen and includes a local soldier with no known grave.

Another $2,700 grant was awarded to St George’s Anglican Church in Parkes for the repair and cleaning of a memorial window that depicts Australian Defence personnel. The window was a gift from the local sub-branch of the Returned Sailors, Soldiers and Airman’s Imperial League of Australia, and dedicated to all those from the Parkes district who gave their lives during the First World War, the Second World War and the Korean War.

Applications for the latest round of grants will close on 26 July.


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