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$20 000 to RSL to restore Anzac Square memorials.

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DVA 3 Wednesday, 24 January 2001

$20 000 to RSL to Restore Anzac Square Memorials

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Scott, today presented a grant of more than $20 000 to the Queensland Branch of the RSL, to help restore war memorials in Anzac Square, Brisbane.

Mr Scott said he had approved the funding under the Federal Government’s Their Service - Our Heritage commemorative program, in recognition of the national significance of Anzac Square.

“Anzac Square is one of Australia’s key focal points when the nation honours its servicemen and women on occasions such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day,” he said.

“It is used throughout the year for other services to commemorate Australia’s involvement in wars and conflicts and this project will ensure Anzac Square continues to be a fitting location for these services.”

The RSL will use the grant to help fund restoration work including:

repairs to the South West Pacific Memorial and the World War II Memorial to stabilise severe corrosion; ●

the application of a new protective wax coating to the Boer War Memorial; ● repairs to the statues commemorating Australia’s service in Korea, Malaya  and Borneo and the Vietnam War; and ●

the restoration of the lion head decorative spouts on two fountains at the base of the Shrine. ●

“These are the major memorials of their type in Queensland and it is important they be maintained as an enduring tribute to the Queenslanders who have served Australia during the past century,” Mr Scott said.

The Anzac Square project is one of more than 2100 projects that have been supported through Their Service - Our Heritage, to encourage Australians to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australians in wars and conflicts.

Mr Scott said since 1997 the Federal Government had committed more than $4 million to commemorative projects under the program, including almost $900 000 to support projects in Queensland.

Media Contact:   Mark Croxford   02 6277 7820   or    0408 645 787


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