Eurongilly’s war memorial will undergo restoration work thanks to a grant from the NSW Government.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced a $3080 grant to the Junee Shire Council to clean and restore the plaques, restore the pillars and powder coat the gates at the Memorial.
“War memorials are places of remembrance that help us to understand our history. It is important that we keep them in good condition through careful repair and maintenance,” Ms Cooke said.
“The beautiful gates of the Eurongilly War Memorial commemorate the sacrifice of RJ Cooper, DFC, who lost this life in the Second World War. ‘Jack’ was a local boy who was killed serving with the Royal Air Force in late 1941.”
“His story is just one of tens from this tiny community that deserves to be commemorated for generations to come. I’m so pleased this grant will help to do this.”
Acting Minister for Veterans Geoff Lee said The Eurongilly War Memorial project will ensure our veterans and our State’s military history is acknowledged.
“Our war memorials are precious monuments we need to cherish and protect as they give us a place to reflect and pay our respects to those brave soldiers who fought for our freedom we enjoy today,” said Mr Lee.
“World War II memorials are significant in this round of grants because this year we will be remembering 75 years since Victory in the Pacific was declared, effectively ending the war.
“On August 15, communities across NSW will remember the courage and sacrifice of our World War two soldiers and it’s important the places they come to pay their respects are looked after with the same care and attention.”
The Community War Memorials Fund provides grants of up to $10,000 to help conserve, repair and protect war memorials across NSW.
Over $120,000 has been awarded for projects across the State through round 1 of the 2019-20 NSW Community War Memorials Fund.
Applications for Round 2 of the 2019-20 Community War Memorials Fund are now open and will close on Anzac Day 2020.
For information about the program visit: www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/heritage/community-war-memorials-fund/