Cenotaph gets ready for a facelift

NEW Norfolk’s War Memorial Cenotaph is set for a $10,000 restoration.

Funding comes from the Federal Government’s Saluting Their Service grants program. Council was successful in applying for the grant for the Circle Street Cenotaph. Mayor Michelle Dracoulis said restoring the New Norfolk War Memorial Cenotaph would help preserve Australia’s history and ensure the service of local men and women was recognised for generations to come.

“The Cenotaph acts as a beacon at the top end of High Street, calling to local service people at events throughout the year,’’ Mrs Dracoulis said.

“These events remember and honour the sacrifice that local service people have and continue to make for our country and community.

“Restoring this beacon will ensure that recognition can continue into the future and be a sign of the community and Council’s thanks and respect for their service.”

Lyons Labor MP Brian Mitchell said the restoration would include replacing lime-based cement mortar with a product that would not damage the sandstone and cleaning off years of lichen and moss. “It is hoped the work can be completed by Anzac Day but that will depend on the availability of contractors,’’ Mr Mitchell said. “The very least we owe the men from New Norfolk who died in war is to maintain and restore the memorial we built in their memory and honour.’’

Council will soon seek heritage restoration experts, and commence planning to undertake the works.