Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced a grant of $12,696 for the Kootingal Lions Club to refurbish the existing war memorial at Kootingal.

Mr Anderson said that the grant was made possible through the Community Building Partnerships program.

“Community Building Partnerships is one of the most popular funding programs and I am delighted that the Kootingal Lions Club has received this much needed funding.

“It was an absolute pleasure to visit the monument and announce that the memorial will be brought back to its former glory,” Mr Anderson said.

Kootingal Lions Club Treasurer Mr David Emanuel said that the work will be completed in time for the Centenary of ANZAC this year.

“This grant will allow for the four plaques with names on them to be sanded and refurbished and the entire monument will be water blasted and returned to its former look.

“We have been on the case for four years to refurbish the monument and we would like to thank Kevin for his assistance,” Mr Emanuel said.

Mr Anderson said that the work will be carried out by Shane Barnes from A Superior Monument, which is a local business.

“I always encourage recipients of the grant to use local businesses and contractors where possible and this is a great example of a local business with the special skills to restore the monument.

“As this year marks the Centenary of ANZAC commemorations, I am pleased that the monument will be returned to its former glory in time to honour service men and women who fought for this great nation and I look forward to attending the ANZAC Day commemorations at Kootingal this year,” Mr Anderson concluded.


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