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Community grant to honour Anzac tradition

Nationals MP for Clarence Chris Gulaptis and Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott announced the Maclean RSL Sub-Branch will receive $9,883 in NSW Government funding as part of a proud commitment to honour Australia’s servicemen and women. This funding will be used for repairs to the draining and surrounds of the Maclean Cenotaph which is a World War I memorial with local heritage listing status. The NSW Government is funding 44 projects across the state as part of the Community War Memorials Fund and the Anzac Community Grants Program. The Community War Memorials Fund will invest more than $120,000 in 20 war memorials, which offers grants of up to $10,000 for the protection and conservation of war memorials, including statues, memorial gates, halls and honour rolls. War memorials in 19 towns across NSW are represented in the latest funding round. “These memorials have significant heritage value and meaning for their communities, with some commemorating conflicts as far back as the Boer War, which ended in 1902,” Mr Gulaptis said. “They also represent more than a century of architectural design history in regional NSW.” In addition, the Anzac Community Grant Program has awarded 24 grants of up to $2000 to a number of schools, community organisations and historical societies for educational programs and commemorative events. “The projects being supported by the Anzac Community Grants Program demonstrate an ongoing commitment by the community to recognising Australia’s war service history,” Mr Elliott said. “Each of these projects has been chosen for funding based on their ability to educate a new generation and support the NSW veteran community.