LISMORE REMEMBERS A CENTENARY OF SERVICE
Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott, Member for Lismore Thomas George and Nationals candidate for Lismore Austin Curtin today joined local veterans to unveil a new plaque for Lismore’s oldest war memorial.
The plaque was funded as part of a $2,500 NSW Government grant to the City of Lismore RSL Sub Branch after floods damaged the sub-branch’s office.
More than $1 million has been injected into communities across NSW during the Centenary of Anzac (2014-2018) to ensure locals have a solemn place to remember the fallen.
Earlier this year, Murwillumbah RSL Sub Branch was awarded $4,900 to replace the broken clock in the Tweed River South Arm War Memorial.
The NSW Government has also provided $15,000 over two years to the Bonalbo & District Community Hall Association for their Memorial Hall, as well as $2,300 to the Torrington War Memorial and Recreation Reserve Trust to support the conservation of the Torrington War Memorial.
Mr Elliott said this funding was vital to ensure young people understood the sacrifices made by Australian servicemen and women during World War I.
Mr George said the community had a proud history of military service. “Lismore’s oldest memorial has finally returned to its oldest home, not too far from the place where Northern Rivers Anzacs camped in 1914,” Mr George said.
Mr Curtin said he was moved by the official unveiling of the new plaque. “The Lismore community is passionate about keeping the Anzac spirit alive, particularly as we move beyond the Centenary of Anzac. It’s wonderful to see the NSW Government support our local war memorials,” Mr Curtin said.
The revitalisation of local war memorials complements the NSW Government’s extension and refurbishment of the Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park. The extension features a new Hall of Service with artwork which pays tribute to NSW service, with soil collected from 1701 locations including Lismore and Bonalbo
PHOTO: Ken Jolley – Lismore RSL Sub-Branch, Thomas George MP – Member for Lismore, David Elliott – Minister for Veterans Affairs, Freya Thompson – Lismore High School Student