Tuesday May 28, 2013
Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP and Penrith Mayor, Mark Davies today announced that the First World War Memorial Rotunda in Victoria Park will be completely restored before ANZAC Day next year.
The NSW Government has contributed $34,000 through the Community Building Partnership and Community Memorial Fund programs. The Federal Government’s Saluting their Service program contributed $4000 with the remaining $36,000 being contributed by Penrith City Council
St Marys RSL Secretary, Ted Fish said the grant will go towards refurbishing the ceiling and outside walls of the rotunda.
“The walls and ceiling are suffering from concrete cancer, with this money we can ensure that the rotunda continues to stand as a proud memorial.” Mr Fish said.
“It is a National Heritage memorial, so it has to be hand washed rather than steam cleaned and there are special conditions to comply with for the refurbishment. ”
“There is just no way the RSL could fund the work without everyone working together” Mr Fish said.
Mr Fish said that the work will start as soon as possible, and should be completed in time for ANZAC day next year.
Clr Davies said that he was glad that Council had been able to work with the State and Federal Governments to get the work done.
“The refurbishment of the rotunda is a priority for Council, due to its cultural and historical significance to the people of Penrith, I am pleased that the NSW and Federal Governments have got on board to make the project possible.” Clr Davies said.
Mrs Davies said that it was important project for her and the NSW Government.
“The memorial stands as a tribute to the fallen and a constant reminder to us all of the tragic cost of our freedom”
“The memorial is important to our whole community so it was a great proposal for the Community Building Partnerships program” Mrs Davies said.
Mrs Davies said she was delighted the NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell announced the roll out of 1,235 community projects throughout the State as a part of $90 million allocated to the program over four years.
“Local construction jobs and businesses will benefit from the activity as this community infrastructure is built,” Mrs Davies said.
“While the NSW Government is getting on with the job of delivering major infrastructure projects, like the Nepean hospital car park, North West and South West Rail Links and upgrades to the Pacific and Princes Highways, we understand important local community infrastructure benefits too.
“The NSW Government is getting on with the job of rebuilding the state by delivering the largest state infrastructure agenda in Australian history – worth some $61.8 billion over the next four years.
“There was strong competition for the available funds and a high level of interest from the community with almost 2,500 applications received across the state in total.
“I look forward to seeing the benefits to our communities as projects are undertaken and more importantly put into use across the Mulgoa Electorate,” Mrs Davies said.