New funding for local ANZAC projects
CAPTION: The Wingham Memorial Town Hall (pictured) is one of two projects to be granted CWMF funding. In November 2016 the hall also received $37,800 for other restoration work.
MEMBER for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead and Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott have announced two local projects will receive NSW Government funding as part of the Community War Memorial Fund (CWMF).
MidCoast Council was awarded $7,581 for the Taree War Memorial Clock as part of the Community War Memorial Fund to help conserve and protect war memorials in local communities.
Additionally MidCoast Council was awarded $8,954 for the Wingham Memorial Town Hall.
That’s on top of $37,800 Mr Bromhead secured for restoration works at the Wingham Memorial Town Hall back in November 2016.
The NSW Government is funding 24 projects across the state as part of the CWMF.
This fund will invest $125,000 through grants up to $10,000 for the protection and conservation of war memorials, including statues, memorial gates, halls and honour rolls.
“Communities all over NSW have applied for these grants and it is with great pleasure that I can award funding to 24 projects,” Mr Elliott said. “These memorials act as a place of reflection and a reminder of the Anzac spirit.
“It is a fantastic time to receive such a grant while we commemorate the Centenary of Anzac with a refurbishment of the Hyde Park Memorial to its original architectural plan.”
Mr Bromhead said there is a strong Anzac spirit in the local area driven by residents.
“Communities have an obligation to educate the next generation about the Anzac legacy and ensure their sacrifice is not forgotten,” he said.
“Receiving funding to put toward these projects is a fantastic reward.
“They have been chosen for funding for a number of reasons including their ability to support the NSW veteran community,” Mr Bromhead said.
The CWMF grants are part of the first round of the 2016/2017 CWMF. They were recommended for funding by the State War Memorials Committee.
Applications for the next round of CWMF grants are available by visiting: veterans.nsw.gov.au/heritage/community-war-memorials-fund