The restoration and beautification of the Nabiac Park War Memorial has identified a structural issue at the landmark site.
Stage one of a multi-stage process was completed in time for this year’s Remembrance Day, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Armistice.
The work focused on the upper levels of the memorial to restore the cross with swords and the concrete surrounds of the base of the cross, as well as the concrete country names.
While the scaffold was erected for the restoration, MidCoast Council took the opportunity to have a structural engineer inspect the memorial.
“The engineer has raised concerns about the lower marble panels, in terms of their attachment to the memorial,” community spaces, recreation and trades manager, Dan Aldridge said.
We hope to have funding approval early in the new year and the works completed before Anzac Day in 2019.Dan Aldridge
“Work to reinforce the attachment of the marble panels was to be undertaken in the second stage of the project, but given the engineer’s report, we have taken action to temporarily secure these panels and fence off the memorial for public safety,” Mr Aldridge said.
These panels are an integral part of the memorial and it is council’s priority to ensure they remain in place for future generations.
Council is seeking funding for the second stage of the project from the NSW Community War Memorial Fund who assisted with the first stage of the works.
“We hope to have funding approval early in the new year and the works completed before Anzac Day in 2019.”