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Funding welcome for upgrades to local war memorials

cvi   Two RSL groups in the Clarence Valley will receive grants under the NSW Government’s Community War Memorials Fund to help conserve and make improvements to their local historical monuments, Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis announced last Friday. Welcoming the grants, Mr Gulaptis said the South Grafton RSL Sub-Branch was successful in securing $8,250 to assist with the relocation of the current cenotaph while the Grafton RSL Sub-Branch will receive $2448 to preserve the Copmanhurst and Upper Clarence war memorial. “The South Grafton RSL Sub-Branch proposes to relocate the memorial to face the centre of The Boulevard and provide improved access for older patrons and those with accessible needs. Honour rolls for conflicts from WW2 to the present day will also be added to the memorial. “The Copmanhurst and Upper Clarence war memorial has been cleaned and repainted helping preserve it into the future. “The NSW Government is passionate about providing funding that will see communities conserve and improve historic war memorials as well as other programs that will ensure the Anzac legacy lives on,” Mr Gulaptis said. The war memorials were two of 24 across NSW that will receive more than $125,000 in funding under the Fund. “I understand all 24 war memorials that were successful this round were built before the First World War or shortly after giving them substantial heritage significance,” Mr Gulaptis said.