Elissa Drew, Braiden Philipps, Fiona Rankin, Steph Cooke MP, James Davis, General Manager of Junee Shire Council, Bruce Macleod and Neil Smith, Mayor of Junee Shire Council stand behind the Eurongilly War Memorial gates. The white metal gates are flanked by brick pillars with black marble tablets.
Elissa Drew, Braiden Philipps, Fiona Rankin, Steph Cooke MP, James Davis, General Manager of Junee Shire Council, Bruce Macleod and Neil Smith, Mayor of Junee Shire Council stand behind the Eurongilly War Memorial, which will undergo restoration work thanks to round 1 of the 2019-20 NSW Community War Memorials Fund. This image was taken in February 2020.

Communities across the Cootamundra Electorate are being encouraged to apply for funding grants of up to $10,000 to restore and protect war memorials.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said Community War Memorials Fund grants help protect, conserve and repair war memorials in NSW.

“Our war memorials are the stand-ins for thousands of graves, both known and unknown, scattered across the world. They are a place where we can focus our collective grief and commemoration, and where we can pay our respects to those who have served this nation,” Ms Cooke said.

“These grants can be used for specialist heritage advice or physical conservation work on halls, honour rolls, avenues of trees and stone monuments. I urge every community in the Cootamundra Electorate to apply.” Ms Cooke said.

Acting Minister for Veterans Geoff Lee said public commemorations at community war memorials didn’t happen on Anzac Day this year because of COVID-19 but it only highlighted their importance.

“A lot of people missed the special connection you get from attending your local war memorial with your community on Anzac Day,” said Mr Lee.

“That just reinforces the need to make sure these precious monuments are protected not just for this generation but for many more to come.”

Applications close on 27 July 2020.

For more information: www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/heritage/community-war-memorials-fund/