The Andrews Labor Government has provided a funding boost to help the Camperdown RSL commemorate the sacrifice of local veterans, and educate the wider community about their service.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the RSL will receive $25,000 under the Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour Grants Program.
The funding will go towards their Camperdown Boer War Memorial Restoration Project.
Erected in 1902, the monument consists of a marble-mounted rifleman on a granite base and pedestal and was modelled on the first local soldier to die in the Boer War conflict.
The project will clean, repair pointing and restore the missing Carrara marble bayonet and rifle on the soldier statue on the memorial.
The Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour Grant Program supports communities in Victoria to ensure local war memorials, honour rolls and avenues of honour are restored to their original condition or improved to reflect the service history of the local community.
For more information on these grants or other veteran related initiatives, please visit: www.veterans.vic.gov.au/grants
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP
“Memorials like this have significant heritage value and meaning for our local communities – I am really pleased that Camperdown RSL have been able to secure this funding from the Andrews Labor Government to assist them to undertake this project.”
“This funding will help Camperdown RSL educate future generations, and allow people to better connect with the moments that shaped our history.”
“Camperdown certainly has a proud wartime history; it’s important that we give our veterans the fitting support and tribute they deserve.”
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Veterans, John Eren MP
“It is through community projects such as these that all Victorians can learn more about our war related heritage and the stories of the brave women and men who have served their nation.”