Restora­tion grants are now avail­able

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

STEPH Ryan ( MLA, Euroa) is en­cour­ag­ing vet­eran or­gan­i­sa­tions, coun­cils and com­mu­nity groups to ap­ply for grants to as­sist with restora­tion work re­quired on war memo­ri­als.

Ms Ryan said grants of up to $20,000 to re­new or re­pair lo­cal com­mem­o­ra­tive sites and hon­our rolls were avail­able through the Restor­ing Com­mu­nity War Me- mo­ri­als Grants pro­gram.

“Our dis­trict has a deep mil­i­tary history and it is im­por­tant that we stop to ac­knowl­edge that.”

“There are many, many fam­i­lies across the re­gion whose lives have been im­pacted by war, from those whose an­ces­tors joined the Vic­to­rian Mounted Ri­fles to serve in the Boer War or who served in World War II bat­tal­ions like the Gull and Lark forces, to more re­cent con­flicts like Viet­nam and Afghanistan,” Ms Ryan said.

Ms Ryan said over time many memo­ri­als had suf­fered from the el­e­ments and the pro­gram was de­signed to as­sist com­mu­ni­ties to re­in­state them to their orig­i­nal con­di­tion.

“El­i­gi­ble projects for the pro­gram could in­clude re­pairs to bro­ken stat­ues, bar­ri­ers, fences, foun­da­tions or other parts of memo­ri­als and restora­tion to hon­our rolls,” Ms Ryan said.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the Restor­ing Com­mu­nity War Memo­ri­als Grants close on Fe­bru­ary 14, 2017.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or to ap­ply visit dpc.vic.gov.au/ vet­er­ans/vet­er­ans-grants.

SPEC­TAC­U­LAR: Euroa’s me­mo­rial to the three lo­cal VC he­roes was made pos­si­ble largely by the drive of the com­mu­nity.

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