Centenary of World War I celebrated with funding

Kiama RSL Secretary Dennis Seage, Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler, Member for Kiama Gareth Ward, Parliamentary Secretary David Elliot and Kiama RSL President Ian Pullar at the Kiama ANZAC Memorial Arch. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Kiama RSL Secretary Dennis Seage, Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler, Member for Kiama Gareth Ward, Parliamentary Secretary David Elliot and Kiama RSL President Ian Pullar at the Kiama ANZAC Memorial Arch. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

KIAMA’S Memorial Arch is a step closer to being saved, thanks to a donation from the State Government. 

Kiama Council and the Kiama-Jamberoo branch of the RSL have been doing extensive resortation work on the arch for several years. The NSW Government has already pledged $30,000 this year to assist with the work.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for the Centenary of ANZAC David Elliott, joined Member for Kiama Gareth Ward, Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler and Kiama-Jamberoo RSL Branch executive Dennis Seage and Ian Pullar, to announce the latest funding.

The visit was timed to coincide with services commemorating the Centenary of ANZAC, which began earlier this week.

Mr Ward recently announced $20,000 funding for Kiama Memorial Arch under the NSW Government's Community War Memorial Grant Fund. This grant comes on top of $10,000 previously secured by Mr Ward to stabilise the Memorial Arch.

Kiama mayor, Brian Petschler said he was thrilled with the contribution and hoped that now Mr Elliott, who is an active member of the Castle Hill RSL, had visited the arch, that further funding would be forthcoming.

“We appreciate the efforts of Mr Ward in securing the $30,000 to date and it is certainly appreciated, but we still have a little way to go before we can fully secure the arch’s future.

Mr Ward, who was awarded the Kiama-Jamberoo RSL Branch’s “Spirit of Anzac” award earlier this year, said Kiama Memorial Arch is an important and enduring reminder of the service and sacrifice that our local men and women have made in defence of our country.

"With the Centenary of Anzac officially commencing this week, I was very pleased to have the Parliamentary Secretary join us to highlight its importance to our community.”

Secretary of the Kiama-Jamberoo RSL Sub Branch Dennis Seage said echoed his sentiments.

“The funding is greatly appreciated to help stabilise our heritage listed cenotaph.

"Gareth has worked extremely hard to assist our Kiama-Jamberoo RSL Sub Branch and his on-going support is greatly appreciated,” Mr Seage said.

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