New funding of $175,000 is now available to help communities protect and repair local war memorials and to support projects which commemorate the service of current and former NSW servicemen and women.
Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock today urged South Coast RSL clubs and sub-branches to apply for the latest round of the Community War Memorial Fund (CWMF) and the ANZAC Community Grants Program (ACGP).
“This year more than $4,500 in funding has already been provided by the NSW Government to maintain the Nowra War Memorial Gates and will help Shoalhaven City Council to remove existing white cement repairs over the memorial and repoint and tuck point existing areas requiring repair,” Mrs Hancock said.
“Unfortunately this particular memorial is very exposed and has in the past been hit by vehicles and vandalised. I encourage the Nowra RSL Sub-Branch to lodge an application for any works they believe necessary. Securing additional funding could see the important landmark fully restored.
“In the second round of the funding scheme further grants of up to $10,000 are available to help communities conserve and protect war memorials such as the gates at Nowra Showground.
“There are dozens of memorials across the South Coast where we gather each year to pay our respects to the men and women who have sacrificed and served, it would be a shame to miss out on this opportunity to conserve these important sites.
“Meanwhile, ACGP provides grants of up to $2,000 to schools, community and veterans groups to educate and engage with the community and to support activities benefiting veterans.
“In past years Coastal Waters Retirement Village received an ACGP grant to replace their flagpole, while the Milton Promotions Committee secured $1,100 to fund a band and promotional material for the 2015 ANZAC Day celebration. Let’s ensure the South Coast again receives its share of this funding,” Mrs Hancock said.
Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said he was proud of the NSW Government’s investment in local and state war memorials, which helps to ensure that the service and sacrifice they represent can be understood.
“This funding is part of an impressive program of work happening right through the Centenary of the Anzac, including refurbishing the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, rolling out the Veterans Employment Program, and also supporting the Invictus Games in 2018.”
Applications for both grant programs are open until Remembrance Day, Saturday 11 November 2017. For more information, please visit: www.centenaryofanzac.nsw.gov.au