Shrine for Vietnam veterans priority
CLARENCE MP Steve Cansdell has secured a $2000 grant from the NSW Government to go towards a $42,000 war memorial for the Clarence Valley's Vietnam veterans.
"I wrote to then Premier Bob Carr seeking funding for the project back in June and I had just about given up waiting, so I was delighted that new Premier Morris Iemma recently agreed to contribute to the project," Mr Cansdell said.
He presented the $2000 cheque to the co-ordinator of the memorial fund, Bob McFarlane, and the president of the Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans' Association, Ron Shoebridge. He congratulated them for their dedication and initiative.
"We still need to raise further funds, but once this is done, a bronze statue will be erected in Grafton's Memorial Park. Many young Clarence men served in the terrible Vietnam conflict and it is vital that younger residents today are reminded of that service and sacrifice," he said.