War memorials around NSW to receive funding

Twenty-two war memorials across the state are set to receive a share of over $125,000 in funding thanks to the NSW Government in Round 2 of the Community War Memorials Fund.

Minister for Veterans David Harris today announced the grants awarded to the successful projects that will support war memorials in communities across NSW.

“I am pleased to announce this funding, which will be used to fund important projects around the state. War memorials are a vital part of our community that reflect over 100 years of our veterans’ service and sacrifice.” Mr Harris said.

Forty-six applications from 34 local government areas were received during this round, which closed on 13 February, and were assessed by the State War Memorials Committee.

“A total of $125,189.90 was awarded to local councils, RSL sub-Branches and community groups, with grants ranging from $1,600 to $10,000 to fund conservation projects in 18 local government areas in both metropolitan and regional areas.” Mr Harris added.

Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum Inc. was awarded $6,290 for conservation works to the First World War Roll of Honour. Ms Donna White, President and Custodian was grateful to receive the funding.

“Thank you to the NSW Government for this funding, which will help to bring the memorial back to its original state so we can continue to appropriately and respectfully honour the service of Lithgow’s veterans from the First World War”. Ms White said.

The historic Nowra Mafeking Boer War Memorial will have a condition assessment prepared thanks to $3,000 in funding awarded to Shoalhaven City Council.

Mr Gordon Clark, Strategic Planning Manager, Shoalhaven City Council acknowledged the support to the local community. “This funding allows the council to have a condition report prepared to allow us to see what conservation work is required to ensure the memorial is appropriately repaired.” Mr Clark said.

“Round 1 of the 2023/24 grant program is currently open, and closes on 25 July. I encourage all communities to visit and check the status of their local war memorials and apply for funding for restoration work that is needed.” Mr Harris said.

For more information visit https://www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/heritage/community-war-memorials-fund/

MEDIA: Rhys Zorro | Minister Harris | 0458 959 423

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