$1 Million to Help Preserve our Military History

Local communities will have the opportunity to preserve important pieces of our state’s military history and put them back on display under a new $1 million funding package

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice Troy Grant and Minister for Veterans
Affairs David Elliott today announced individual grants of up to $60,000 would be
available for the upgrade or installation of war memorials and plaques, and the
upgrade of community halls used by veterans groups.

“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, and
that RSL sub-branches, councils, historical societies and community groups have
expressed a keen interest in preserving,’’ Mr Grant said.

“I’ll be encouraging those who have an interest in preserving and displaying this
history to apply for these grants, so that the bravery and sacrifice shown by so many
in the past can been seen and reflected upon by generations to come.’’

Mr Grant said 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 those who fought and died in war.

Mr Elliott said he was pleased that community halls would be eligible for funding.
“During the Centenary of the Anzac (2014- 2018), we need to ensure that our war
memorials continue to stand proud and strong,” he said.

State President of the NSW Branch of the RSL of Australia Rod White welcomed the
funding, saying in regional NSW in particular there were projects crying out for
support.

“Some of these areas have lost their local RSL sub-branch due to changing
demographics, but they still have rich wartime histories that deserve to be preserved
and on display. We welcome the protection of community halls for use by our
veterans,” he said.

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. It is anticipated applications will
open in May and an independent panel will assess the projects and make
recommendations to Government.

Further details including how communities can lodge expressions of interest for
funding will be published on the Liquor and Gaming NSW website.

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.