Mark Coure MP, Member for Oatley, Cr Lou Konjarski, Mortdale Ward Councillor and members of the Mortdale RSL Sub-Branch, recently visited Mortdale Memorial Park which will undergo restorations thanks to a grant from the NSW Government.
Georges River Council received a $10,000 grant from the NSW Government through the Community War Memorials Fund which aims to conserve, repair and protect war memorials across NSW.
The funding will be used to repair and restore the white concrete ‘blades’ which display honour rolls from World War II.
The Park has been a significant part of the Mortdale area, first being established as a reserve in 1940 and then renamed to Mortdale Memorial Park in 1997.
In 1999 the Park underwent significant upgrades and restorations under the former Hurstville City Council, the cenotaph and honour roll were restored.
“Restoring community war memorials preserves the memory and legacy of those who served our nation, and helps us educate future generations about these defining moments in Australia’s history.”
“Mortdale Memorial Park holds a special place in the collective history of St George area. It was one of the first memorials built in the area dating back the early 1940s,” Mr Coure said.
“The Park is used every three years when Mortdale RSL Sub-Branch hosts the combined ANZAC Dawn Service, and serves as a place to reflect and contemplate the sacrifices of those who came before us.”
Cr Konjarski said that the restorations works will help the community commemorate the sacrifices of these brave men and women.
“As a Councillor for Mortdale Ward I understand the importance and significance of the memorial for our community members and greater local government area.”
“This grant from the NSW Government will help our community remember those who laid down their lives for our nation.”
For further information about the Community War Memorial Fund please visit https://www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/heritage/community-war-memorials-fund/.