Minister for Corrections, Minister for Emergency Services and Minister for Veterans Affairs, Member for Baulkham Hills
Phone: 02 8574 6290 Email: [email protected]
As Minister for Veterans Affairs it is my responsibility to ensure that our veterans, past and present are honoured. As someone who has served with the Australian Army with peacekeeping forces in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, I am well aware of the enormous contribution made by servicemen and women across NSW.
Over the next four years we will be marking the Centenary of Anzac through a program of commemorative events developed by the NSW Centenary of Anzac Advisory Council, led by Lieutenant-General Ken Gillespie AC DSC CSM (Ret’d).
The Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park will undergo a multi-million dollar upgrade including the addition of a water cascade initially planned in the 1930s and the development of an education centre to ensure the legacy of our brave diggers is never forgotten.
Across our state, the NSW Government is funding the protection and restoration of community war memorials so that stories of valiant action and quiet courage are not forgotten.
We are also listening to the voices of our younger veterans – those who have served in places such as Afghanistan, Iraq and East Timor – who are facing their own challenges as they return home.
Wars have touched the lives of all Australians, and the commitment and sacrifices made by those who serve must be remembered. Let us give thanks to those who willingly serve with quiet courage and determination.