Nabiac Park War Memorial will receive an extensive makeover after receiving a $10,000 State government grant.
Funding was drawn from the $130,000 Community War Memorials Fund allocated to protect and repair war memorials throughout the State.
Nabiac War Memorial is part a program to revitalise local war memorials as a legacy of the Centenary of Anzac.
The Community War Memorial Fund provides grants of up to $10,000 to councils, RSL sub-branches and community organisations for conservation advice and repair works on existing war memorials.
Nabiac RSL sub-branch president, Brian Penton was chuffed the branch had received the grant.
MidCoast Council has been absolutely fantastic and very supportive of the Nabiac branch, Mr Penton said.
Additional work, which would be undertaken by MidCoast Council around the heritage listed memorial, included the erection of fencing, the installation of seating and laying of turf.
“The 75th anniversary of the sub-branch is being held in August next year; we will almost have a brand new park,” Mr Penton said.
The 24-member branch, which has strong ties with the RAAF Williamtown base, plans to hold a gala weekend/family fun day on August 17-18, 2019 with a host of visiting ADF personnel.
The event will be held in conjunction with the annual Vietnam Vets’ Day commemorations.
Mr Penton also was keen to let veterans from conflicts in both Vietnam and Middle East the sub-branch was available to offer its assistance.
“We are here to help and support veterans in any way we can.”
Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead said he was thrilled to see the Nabiac community awarded the funding, ensuring the local community had a place to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“Our local community memorials and honour rolls carry significant heritage value and meaning for our towns and villages,” Mr Bromhead said.
“As we approach the 100th anniversary of the armistice, the Mid Coast community is gearing up to remember Australia’s defence personnel,” MidCoast Council mayor, Cr David West said.
“We welcome the funding for the restoration of Nabiac War Memorial as it a fitting tribute to those who delivered the freedom we have today.”
Contact Brian Penton on 0478 830 846.