Gembrook and Upper Beaconsfield are among 43 Victorian communities to share in more than $240,000 of Victorian Government Restoring Community War Memorial Grants, announced today by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Hugh Delahunty.
Member for Gembrook Brad Battin said Beaconsfield Upper memorial would get re-lettering and new seating, as well as new mortar between the stone and concrete base of the memorial.
Gembrook memorial will also get new seating, as well as restoration of its bronze plaques and the restoration of mortar between the memorial’s bluestones.
The restorations will cost $9,880 and $9,180 respectively.
“Memorials play an important role in remembering the stories of our local service men and women,” Mr Battin said.
“That’s why grants like these are so important. They provide practical support so communities can keep their memorials in the best condition, ensuring local servicemen and women and their stories of courage and mateship are never forgotten,” he said.
Mr Delahunty said the Victorian Government was committed to passing Victoria’s war history to subsequent generations.
“Victorians are rightly proud of the bravery and sacrifice of our veterans and these grants will help keep their memories and stories alive through memorials around our state,” Mr Delahunty said.
“Local war memorials and avenues of honour play an important part in teaching new generations about the role veterans have played in our history Victoria and these grants provide practical support to keep them in good condition.
“By investing in the restoration of war memorials we can ensure our war history continues to be passed on to future generations and the legacy of our servicemen and women is kept alive through memorials around our state,” he said.
Restoring Community War Memorial Grants are available to councils, RSL clubs and community groups and facilities.
“We will continue to work with local governments, key ex-servicemen organisations and community groups to ensure the sacrifice of our veterans is never forgotten, especially in the lead up to the Centenary of ANZAC commemorations,” Mr Delahunty said.
A full list of grant recipients and more information about applying is available athttp://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/veterans/veterans-heritage/war-memorials/restoring-community-war-memorials
For more information about the program, please visit www.dse.vic.gov.au/communitiesfornature.