Funding to honour Monaro memorials

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Funding to honour Monaro memorials

The Cooma Cenotaph

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Member for Monaro John Barilaro and Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott announced the Cooma Cenotaph and CPL Ernest Corey Memorial will receive NSW Government funding as part of a proud commitment to honour Australia’s servicemen and women.

The Cooma Monaro RSL Sub-Branch will receive $3,000 for preliminary works towards rendering, repointing and restoring the Cenotaph and Memorial.
Mr Barilaro welcomed the NSW Government’s commitment to invest in the preservation of some of Monaro’s longest surviving war memorials.

“These memorials have significant heritage value and meaning for their communities, with some commemorating conflicts as far back as the Boer War, which ended in 1902,” Mr Barilaro said.

“They also represent more than a century of architectural design history in regional NSW.”

“It is fitting that as we commemorate the Centenary of Anzac we invest in repairing and looking after local war memorials in honour of those Australian servicemen and women who sacrificed so much for our nation,” Mr Elliott said.

Mr Elliott highlighted the large number of successful applications coming from regional NSW in the second round of the Community War Memorials Fund.

“It is with great pleasure that I can award these grants to recognise the sacrifice of young Australian soldiers who volunteered from some of the furthest reaches of NSW to serve our country in the Great War.”

The Community War Memorials Fund offers grants of up to $10,000 for the protection and conservation of war memorials, including statues, memorial gates, halls and honour rolls.

Interested applicants for the next round of Community War Memorials Fund grants are encouraged to monitor the Veterans Affairs website for further information.