Veterans groups and councils across the region are being encouraged to apply for grants for conservation work on local war memorials.
Member for the Dubbo electorate said grants of up to $10,000 are available with applications opening for the NSW Government’s Community War Memorials Fund.
“Each time you visit your local war memorial, I encourage you to consider how it could be protected, repaired or conserved for future generations,” Mr Saunders said.
“Our region is so proud of those who served to make our country the wonderful place it is today. We saw at ANZAC Day commemorations on Sunday how important our military history is to our communities.
“Let’s continue to honour them with a tribute that’s reflective of their service and sacrifice.”
Grants are available to cover projects like conservation assessments, honour roll repair, environmental advice, cleaning, and repairs to war memorial halls.
Minister for Veterans Geoff Lee said maintaining the State’s 3,200 war memorials is key to the NSW Government Veteran Strategy.
“These spaces reflect our diverse veteran community and unite us across generations,” Mr Lee said.
“Veterans have told us recognition of service is important to them, so the NSW Government will continue to support initiatives like this grant program.”
Community War Memorials Fund applications close on 26 July 2021. For more information or to apply, visit: www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/heritage/community-war-memorials-fund