Member for Morwell Russell Northe is encouraging veteran organisations, councils and community groups to apply for grants to assist with restoration work required on war memorials.
Mr Northe said grants of up to $20,000 to renew or repair local commemorative sites and honour rolls were available through the Restoring Community War Memorials Grants program.
“There are many local war memorials commemorating the courage, spirit and sacrifice of local servicemen and women,” Mr Northe said.
“These memorials provide an important place for veterans, their families and friends, as well as the wider community, to gather as a sign of our enduring respect for the sacrifice made by so many.
“They also provide an opportunity for our younger generations to learn about and appreciate the legacy of our war veterans and ensure their stories of courage and mateship are never forgotten.”
Mr Northe said over time these memorials had suffered from the elements and the grant 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,” he said.
Applications for the Restoring Community War Memorials Grants close on 14 February 2017.
For further information or to apply visit dpc.vic.gov.au/index.php/veterans/veterans-grants
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