Byrne welcomes $50,000 restoration of Rocky War Memorial
THE Rockhampton War Memorial at the Botanic Gardens is set for a revamp following a $50,000 State Governmant restoration grant.
Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne warmly welcomed the funding boost.
"I am delighted that the Rockhampton Regional Council project to restore landscaping at the memorial is one of 46 successful projects to receive funding in the third round of the Anzac Centenary Community Grants program," Byrne said.
"This will mean a lot to former servicemen and women and their families in Rockhampton.
"The funding will allow for the replacement of 12 Canary Island palms with younger, three metre tall specimens and return the memorial to its former condition and appearance.
"Seven of the 12 trees were destroyed when Tropical Cyclone Marcia tore through the city in February.
"I am sure all those who have attended dawn services at the memorial, or who have simply enjoyed the beauty and dignity of its setting, will join me in welcoming this funding.
"This program was established to provide people and organisations with an opportunity to commemorate Queensland's role in the First World War and create a legacy for future generations.
"As a former career soldier I fully appreciate the importance of the Rockhampton War Memorial and the special place it has in the hearts of those who recognise the sacrifice of the fallen and contribution of those who served Australia in conflict."
With the approval of the 46 new projects, more than 180 local community organisations have now received $4 million in funding to create a legacy for future generations.