$1 million is available to upgrade or install war memorial plaques and refurbish community halls used by veterans groups and I urge the community to apply for individual grants up to $60,000 to preserve important pieces of local military history and put them back on display.

The NSW Government is committed to conserving and improving important military history that will ensure the Anzac legacy lives. We anticipate that local RSL sub-branches, community groups and councils will apply for projects to ensure Australia’s servicemen and women continue to be remembered.

Acting Premier Troy Grant said examples of how the grants could be used include plaques at places of historical significance in the state’s wartime efforts, or restoration and display of honour roles with the names of men and women who fought and died in war. “I know there’s so much important military history in our suburbs and towns that has fallen into disrepair or been targeted by vandals and is in danger of being lost,’’ Mr Grant said.

The NSW Government is committed to preserving and displaying our military history, so that the bravery and sacrifice shown by so many in the past can been seen and reflected upon by generations to come.’

Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said he was pleased that community halls would be eligible for funding. “During the Centenary of the Anzac (2014- 2018), we need to ensure that our war memorials continue to stand proud and strong”, Mr Elliott said.

The allocation of $1 million is from uncollected gaming prize money and will be administered by Liquor & Gaming NSW in consultation with the NSW Branch of the RSL of Australia and the Office of Veterans Affairs. It is anticipated applications will open in May and an independent panel will assess the projects and make recommendations to Government. Further details including how communities can lodge expressions of interest for funding will be published on the Liquor & Gaming NSW at www.liquorandgaming.justice.nsw.gov.au

The funding is in addition the NSW Community War Memorials Fund which provides grants of up to $10,000 to help repair, conserve and restore war memorials across the state.