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Funds to repair war memorial

CLEAN UP: Chris Gulaptis and David Elliott with members of the Harwood Public Hall Reserve Trust and building contractors undertaking the upgrading works.
CLEAN UP: Chris Gulaptis and David Elliott with members of the Harwood Public Hall Reserve Trust and building contractors undertaking the upgrading works.

THE Harwood cenotaph will be given a makeover in the lead-up to the Anzac Day centenary.

An $8200 grant, awarded as part of the NSW Community War Memorial Grant fund, will ensure the memorial to fallen soldiers is well maintained.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for the Centenary of Anzac, David Elliott, visited Harwood alongside Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis to announce the funding last week.

"Residents have been concerned about the state of repair of the cenotaph for some time, and it was local resident and trustee of the Harwood Public Hall Reserve Trust, Barbara Hayward, that initially voiced her concerns to me," Mr Gulaptis said.

"I encouraged the trust to apply for a grant under the fund, and I am delighted that their application has been successful.

"The grant will be used to recoat the concrete base in industrial waterproofing compound, renew the concrete posts, replace fencing pipe work and renew gold lettering on the cenotaph.

"Ensuring war memorials are properly maintained is especially important during the commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac."

Mr Gulaptis said that community war memorials were an enduring reminder of the service and sacrifice NSW men and women have made in defence of our country.

The NSW Community War Memorial Grant Fund provides grants up to $20,000 to undertake maintenance work on local war memorial sites.

For details visit veterans.nsw.gov.au.

Topics:  cenotaph harwood war memorial



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