Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke and Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott have called for applications in the latest round of the Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF) and the Anzac Community Grants Program (ACGP).

A total of $1 million has been invested into the revitalisation of local war memorials during the Centenary of Anzac, ensuring regional communities across NSW have a place to remember the service and sacrifice of defence personnel.

Ms Cooke said new funding of $175,000 was available to help protect and repair local war memorials and to support projects which commemorate or support veterans and their families.

“We’ve got such a proud military history across the Cootamundra electorate. This program is open to all community groups, RSL sub-branches, schools or councils who maintain memorials in our towns and villages,” Ms Cooke said.

“Applications close on Remembrance Day and I want to see as many as possible go through my office so we can care for these beautiful and important sites of memory, reflection and honour.”

Mr Elliott said more than 200 war memorial conservation and repair projects have already been funded across NSW.

“This NSW Government investment in veterans’ projects is part of a suite of measures to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac, including upgrading the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, funding the Veterans Employment Program and supporting the 2018 Invictus Games.

The CWMF provides grants of up to $10,000 to protect, conserve and repair war memorials including statues, honour rolls and memorial halls which commemorate the Anzac legacy.

The ACGP provides grants of up to $2,000 to schools, community organisations and veterans groups to recognise Australia’s military service, educate a new generation and support the NSW veteran community.

Applications are open until Remembrance Day, Sunday 11 November 2018. For more information please visit: https://veteransnsw.smartygrants.com.au/