Memorial in line for upgrade

KIAMA'S Hindmarsh Park War Memorial will be upgraded as a result of its inclusion in the recent round of the state government's Community War Memorials Fund grant program.

However, according to Kiama Council the work to repair the leaning Memorial Arch is still dependent on a federal grant application.

The memorial will receive $10,000 for an upgrade which will assist the community to continue honouring the contributions of servicemen and women.

This funding will allow stabilisation to correct the leaning Memorial Arch. The work involves installation of deep micro piles around the perimeter, construction of ring beams around the arch and connecting to micro piles, and demolition and reconstruction of existing concrete steps.

"This funding means a lot to the Kiama community because we recognise the importance of honouring those who fought to uphold the principles which make our country the great place it is today," Kiama MP Gareth Ward said. "Leading into the Centenary of Anzac [2014-18], it is more important than ever that we ensure our community war memorials stand proud and strong."

Kiama Councillor Dennis Seage welcomed the funding on behalf of the Kiama-Jamberoo RSL Sub Branch.

"The arch is in desperate need of repair and this funding will lead the way to the commencement of those repairs," he said. "The Kiama Memorial Arch is one of Kiama's icons, rivalled only by the lighthouse; both being probably the most photographed icons in our municipality.

"It is our intention, with Gareth's assistance, to link them both for the 100-year commemoration of World War I by placing the Centenary of Anzac logo on the Kiama lighthouse."

NSW Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello said 12 war memorials in towns and suburbs throughout NSW will be upgraded and maintained.

A Kiama Council spokeswoman said the work to repair the leaning arch was dependent on the outcome of the council's grant application for $100,000 under the federal government's Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.

With total repair works estimated to cost about $222,200, the council has sought funding through a variety of means including allocating $45,000 in its 2013-14 budget; securing the Community War Memorials Fund grant and applying for the federal government grant.

"The council continues to pursue the outcome of its application to the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program in order to begin the tender process and determine a final cost for the project," the spokeswoman said.

"The council will then be able to consider how any shortfall in funding can be addressed.

"The Memorial Arch is a significant piece of public infrastructure and the council is keen to begin repair works as soon as possible."

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