Protecting historic war memorials

Iconic war memorials from Brewarrina to Batemans Bay are among 20 around the State to be revitalised following an investment by the NSW Government.

Minister for Veterans John Sidoti announced the memorials would get a share of funding for works to give them new life, so future generations can continue to learn about their local community’s war history.

“Everyone in NSW has a fond memory of attending the local Anzac Day ceremony at their community’s local war memorial, so this funding will mean future generations of children and families can continue to celebrate this part of our history,” Mr Sidoti said. 

“The funding will give people better access to memorials which will make it easier for impaired veterans and their families to attend commemorative ceremonies.”

Of the 20 projects, several are over 100 years old including the Central Tilba War Memorial in Eurobodalla, which will use the funding for repairs and the construction of a disabled access path.

Many war memorials across NSW were fundraised and built by communities, for communities. “What makes war memorials so special is their construction has always been driven by people in the community, so this funding will ensure they are looked after in that same way,” Mr Sidoti said.

Projects will receive a share of nearly $130,000 as part of Round 2 of the NSW Government’s Community War Memorials Fund.

Mr Sidoti encouraged all communities who would like to apply for funding to contact the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs for advice on how they can apply for the next round.

Applications for the next round of the CWMF will open soon and will close on Remembrance Day, 11 November 2019.