NEW FUNDING FOR WESTDALE MEMORIAL PARK
The Westdale community’s Memorial Park will undergo vital rejuvenation work following a grant from the NSW Government.
Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced a grant of $5,000 to go towards the repair of the entrance arch, a new honour roll and other revitalisation works.
“This park commemorates the 708 men and women from the Tamworth District who served in the First World War,” Mr Elliott said.
“While modest, it has long been an important part of the Westdale community, hosting many community events and social gatherings in its early years.
“This grant will go towards the first major refurbishment of the park since the 1970s.”
A Memorial Hall was built within the grounds of the park in 1924 but was demolished in 1970 after being damaged by floods.
Mr Anderson said he was pleased to see funding committed to revitalising the park in memory of the area’s servicemen and women.
“While the park no longer has a physical memorial on-site, it was for many years an important gathering place for locals who used the memorial hall and nearby tennis courts.
“In recent years a committed team of volunteers from the community and the local Men’s Shed have maintained the park, but the time has come for more substantial work.
“This funding, along with a contribution from Tamworth Regional Council, will go towards an important project that will remind visitors of the park’s commemorative role and ensure its future as a social and recreational space for the community.
“I’d like to thank the members of the Older Men’s Network Incorporated and Jim Finucane who initiated the proposal,” Mr Anderson concluded.