Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP and Veterans Affairs Minister David Elliott announced applications are now open for grants up to $60,000 to preserve important pieces of local military history and put them back on display.
Mr Elliott said the $1 million funding package is available to upgrade or install war memorial plaques and refurbish community halls used by veterans groups.
“The NSW Government is committed to conserving and improving important military history that will ensure the Anzac legacy lives,” Mr Elliott said.
“We’re encouraging all local RSL sub-branches, community groups and councils to apply for projects to ensure Australia’s servicemen and women continue to be remembered.”
Examples of how the grants could be used include plaques at places of historical significance in the state’s wartime efforts, or restoration and display of honour roles with the names of men and women who fought and died in war.
“I know there’s so much important military history in our suburbs and towns that has fallen into disrepair or been targeted by vandals and is in danger of being lost,’’ Mr Elliott said.
“The NSW Government is committed to preserving and displaying our military history, so that the bravery and sacrifice shown by so many in the past can been seen and reflected upon by generations to come.’’
“During the Centenary of the Anzac (2014- 2018), we need to ensure that our war memorials continue to stand proud and strong.”
The allocation of $1 million is from uncollected gaming prize money and will be administered by Liquor & Gaming NSW in consultation with the NSW Branch of the RSL of Australia and the Office of Veterans Affairs.
Applications are now open and more information on how to apply can be found on the Liquor & Gaming NSW website at www.liquorandgaming.justice.nsw.gov.au
Applications for the funding program close 5pm 27 July 2016.
The funding is in addition the NSW Community War Memorials Fund which provides grants of up to $10,000 to help repair, conserve and restore war memorials across the state.