NOTE: Image was taken prior to social distancing requirements.

With a very different ANZAC Day still fresh in our minds community groups are being encouraged to apply for up to $10,000 to restore and protect war memorials across the region.

NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the Community War Memorials Fund grants help protect, conserve and repair war memorials helping community members to remember and honour those who have served our country.

“I am encouraging our community groups to apply for the funds for a variety of works that need to be done including specialist heritage advice or restoration work on halls, honour rolls, avenues of trees and stone monuments,” Mr Anderson said.

“We’ve just experienced a very different ANZAC Day with the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, but I believe the support and honour shown for our service men and women was as strong as ever.

“On ANZAC Day throughout our towns and small communities people stood in their driveways holding candles, listening to services on local radio stations, displaying Aussie flags or even putting stickers on their wheelie bins as a way of paying tribute.”

NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead agreed, saying the commemorations at community war memorials that didn’t happen on ANZAC Day only highlighted their importance.

“A lot of people missed the special connection you get from attending our local war memorial with your community on ANZAC Day,” said Mr Bromhead

“That just reinforces the need to make sure these precious monuments are protected not just for this generation but for many more to come.

“Our war memorials give us a place to reflect and pay our respects to those brave soldiers who fought for the freedom we enjoy today.”

Funds can be requested for specialist heritage advice or physical conservation work on halls, honour rolls, avenues of trees and stone monuments.

Applications close on July 27, 2020.

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