NSW Government Funds Further Upgrades to Mortdale War Memorial

Monday, 06 July 2020

Mortdale Memorial Park will be further enhanced thanks to a $10,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Community War Memorials Fund.

Mark Coure, Member for Oatley, announced the funding during his visit to the park with Cr Lou Konjarski, Mortdale Ward Councillor, and John Delaney, President of the Mortdale RSL Sub-Branch.

The grant will be used to replace the tiles on the memorial at the park with the new tiles similar to the original grey tiles from the 1960s.

These works are in addition to the repairs to the white concrete ‘blades’ which display honour rolls from World War II, which were funded in a previous round of the grant.

Georges River Council, who have also financially contributed to this project, will undertake the latest works in association with a qualified heritage advisor and the Sub-Branch.

Mr Coure said that community war memorials play an important part in preserving the memory of those men and women who served our country.

“War memorials, like Mortdale Memorial Park, are intrinsic to the way we as a community remember and thank those servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” Mr Coure said.

“The NSW Government is committed to ensuring that these significant monuments are protected for current and future generations.”

“This funding will ensure the continued conservation and enhancement of Mortdale Memorial Park, keeping it as a place of reflection and remembrance for generations to come.”

Cr Konjarski said the ongoing works at Mortdale Memorial Park will further enrich the memorial for community members.

“Mortdale Memorial Park is widely used by residents of Mortdale Ward and the local government area at large,” Cr Konjarski said.

“These works will further improve the namesake memorial at the park, allowing local residents to pay their respects when visiting the park.”  

Mr Delaney said that these works, along will the previous upgrades to the ‘blades’, will reinvigorate the memorial before the joint ANZAC Day Service next year.

“This grant will go a long way to completing the final phase of a much-needed restoration and upgrade program initiated by the Sub-Branch in 2018,” Mr Delaney said.

“The ongoing upgrades will ensure that the memorial is in top condition for the joint ANZAC Day Service being held at the park next year.”

The latest round of the Community War Memorials Fund has invested $140,000 to preserve and restore publically accessible war memorials across the state.

A total of 22 projects received funding of up to $10,000 in this round of the Fund.         

For more information on the Community War Memorials Fund or to find your local war memorial please visit https://www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/.