22nd November 2018
Photo: Local Federal MP Dr David Gillespie inspects the new Darawank Reserve memorial with President of the Great Lakes Local National Servicemen’s Association and Forster-Tuncurry RSL Sub-Branch Member John O’Neill.
The Darawank Reserve heading into Tuncurry is undergoing further improvements, including the installation of a new memorial to mark 100 years since the end of World War One.
Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie has inspected the new metal artwork and commemorative benches at the Darawank War Memorial.
Dr Gillespie today commended the Great Lakes Sub-Branch of the National Servicemen’s Association on the initiative which has received $19,612 under the Federal Coalition Government’s Armistice Centenary Grants Program to develop their project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War.
“The Darawank Reserve is a beautiful local park well-known for local veteran’s services and I think this project will be a fitting tribute to appropriately acknowledge the end of the war 100 years ago,” Dr Gillespie said.
President of the Great Lakes Local National Servicemen’s Association and Forster-Tuncurry RSL Sub-Branch Member John O’Neill said the project is another important addition to the park in reminding locals of the service and sacrifice of local service men and women who have continued to put themselves forward to defend Australia’s freedom and security.
“This project aims to ensure our community can continue to preserve our local history for future generations,” Mr O’Neill said.
Under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program every electorate in Australia is receiving funding support of up to $50,000 towards local projects that commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War.