Government Grant to Preserve History in Oakleigh - Carnegie (19.04.2012)
Written on the 19 April 2012The Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL Sub Branch Inc in Oakleigh will share in $240,000 of Victorian Government war memorial restoration grants; it was announced today by the Minister for Veterans Affairs, Hugh Delahunty.
Member for Southern Metropolitan Region, Georgie Crozier MLC, today announced that the Oakleigh Cenotaph, erected in honour of our returned service men and women would receive $6,200 as part of the latest funding from the Victorian Governments ‘Restoring Community War Memorial Grants’ program.
“War Memorials such as this one play an important role in remembering the stories of our local service men and women” Ms Crozier said.
“That’s why grants like these are so important. They help communities keep their memorials in the best condition, ensuring local servicemen and women and their stories of courage and mate-ship are never forgotten”.
The Oakleigh Cenotaph Restoration project will involve work including: cleaning of all concrete and granite bases; repainting of the gold wreath, sword and torch; re-gilding the panels in gold leaf; and refurbishing the memorials bronze ware.
Mr Delahunty said the Victorian Government was committed to passing Victoria’s war history to subsequent generations.
“Victorians are rightly proud of the bravery and sacrifice of our veterans and these grants will help keep their memories and stories alive through memorials around our state,” Mr Delahunty said.
“Local war memorials and avenues of honour play an important part in teaching new generations about the role veterans have played in our history Victoria and these grants provide practical support to keep them in good condition.
“By investing in the restoration of war memorials we can ensure our war history continues to be passed on to future generations and the legacy of our servicemen and women is kept alive through memorials around our state,” he said.
Restoring Community War Memorial Grants are available to councils, RSL clubs and community groups and facilities.
“We will continue to work with local governments, key ex-servicemen organisations and community groups to ensure the sacrifice of our veterans is never forgotten, especially in the lead up to the Centenary of ANZAC commemorations,” Mr Delahunty said.
A full list of grant recipients and more information about applying is available at http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/veterans/veterans-heritage/war-memorials/restoring-community-war-memorials
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