Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke and Weddin Shire Mayor Mark Liebich met with members of the Grenfell RSL to discuss protecting the Memorial

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced a $2,000 grant has been awarded to the Grenfell Shire Council as part of the Community War Memorials Fund.

“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.

“Like so many communities around our region, Grenfell’s sons and daughters stepped up to do their part in the defence of Australia during the Second World War. It’s my hope maintaining the memorial to them will mean their contributions are remembered by the generations to come.”

“This grant will enable the council to extend the memorial, moving the commemorative plaques to a new wall which will match the existing monument. This extension will make the memorial easier to access for everyone.”

Acting Minister for Veterans Geoff Lee said the Grenfell 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 Two 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/