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18 February, 2022

Coo-ee park upgrades

The Coo-ee March Memorial Park will receive a new archway, after $4207 was granted to the Gilgandra Returned and Services League Sub-Branch.

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The grant was successful through the latest round of the Australian government’s Saluting Their Service pro- gram. The new archway will include an internal flame at the top, something the branch has been wanting for years.

“We’ve been wanting a tidy up and the eternal flame on the archway for some time now. This is the second grant we’ve applied for, we were unsuccessful the first time round, said the sub-branch secretary, Anne Hall.

“This is a wonderful way for us to commemorate and reflect on the sacrifice of those who have served from Gilgandra,” said member for Parkes Mark Coulton.

“I am so proud of the history of service in the Parkes electorate, and it’s important that those who have served during wars, conflicts and peace operations are appro-

priately remembered." Minister for veterans’ affairs and defence personnel Andrew Gee said Gilgandra RSL sub-branch was among more than 80 successful recipi- ents, which cover a wide variety of projects put forward by ex-service organisations, clubs, schools, and com- munity groups right around Australia.

“I am very pleased to see such a wide range of pro- jects being supported, including the installation of an eternal flame at the Coo-ee March Memorial Park in Gilgandra,” said Mr Gee.

“Large or small, all these projects represent Australia’s unwavering commitment to always remem- ber and reflect on all that our service personnel have done for our country.

“Australia owes an enormous debt of gratitude to all those Australians who have served our nation, defend- ing our freedoms, values and way of life, and this fund- ing is just one of the many ways we honour that debt.” 

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