Funding For Gun Restoration at Spalding
Posted on Thursday, 10 February, 2011
Veterans, ex-service people and residents in the Port Germein area will benefit from Saluting Their Service grant funding Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said today.
“These grants aim to highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women in wars, conflicts and peace operations and have been available for a number of years now to assist in the preservation of wartime heritage. Our future will be partially shaped by our understanding of our past and it is important those generations to come and our young people understand and recognise the contribution our services have made to this country.
“The Spalding Community Management Committee has been granted $990 to help restore a Carr 25 MK1 Field Gun which is on display at the Spalding and Districts War Memorial in the main street of the town and it is projects such as this that will remain an enduring symbol of that contribution.
“This WWII gun has rested in Spalding for several decades and stands next to an historic artefact- a mortar which was made locally in Clare.
“Years in the sun has damaged the gun which will be rust-proofed and painted now using this funding
“The committee has also received Saluting Their Service funding of $890 to help install a floodlight to deter vandals at the site.”
“Small communities are quite prepared to roll-up their sleeves to preserve and extend recognition of service to the nation but in many cases they are stretched to the limit which is why these grants are so important.”
Media Contact Leonie Lloyd-Smith (08) 8633 1744
January 24, 2011