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Funding available for local war memorials

Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke, is encouraging local groups and organizations to apply for grants aimed at preserving war memorials throughout New South Wales. Applications for the Community War Memorials Fund opened on ANZAC Day, April 25, 2024, offering grants of up to $10,000 to ensure the preservation of local war memorials for future generations.

“War memorials serve as important meeting places for local communities to gather and honour our service men and women, allowing us to reflect on the sacrifices made by our veterans over the years,” Ms Cooke emphasized. “It is crucial that these memorials are protected to ensure that all generations understand and remember the sacrifices made during wars and conflicts. That’s why the Community War Memorials Fund was established, to help conserve, repair, and protect war memorials across NSW.”

Funding from the program can assist with various conservation projects, including condition assessments, specialist cleaning and repairs, security measures, and improving accessibility, all essential aspects of managing these places of commemoration that honour our military history.

Since its inception in 2008, the program has supported a wide range of projects, including conservation assessments, honour roll repairs, cleaning and conservation work on war memorials, arborist advice for memorial trees, security measures, repairs to war memorial halls, and improvements to memorial accessibility.

Applications for this funding round close on July 24, 2024. Further details can be found on the Veterans NSW website. Organizations seeking assistance with their applications can contact the Young Electorate Office at 02 6382 2399.

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