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THE legacy of the Granite Belt’s World War I soldiers will live on thanks to restorations on the Stanthorpe Soldiers Memorial.

Southern Downs Regional Council, supported by the Queensland Government and jointly funded by the Stanthorpe RSL Sub Branch, have made the restoration works possible.

Queensland Government’s Queensland Anzac Centenary grants program provided $34,000 in funding.

The memorial was built in 1925-1926 and at the time was funded by public donations.

In 1995, it was added to the Queensland Heritage Register.

The memorial has been a place of reflection for locals and tourists.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said the upcoming works would ensure it could be enjoyed for years to come.

“The Stanthorpe Soldiers Memorial is a unique and treasured sanctuary to reflect upon those who made the ultimate sacrifice,” Cr Dobie said.

“I’m delighted these works are being undertaken.

“It’s vital we preserve this important history and it’s a large part of our heritage and local identity.

“This is a sacred spot for many local families and we need to ensure it remains that way for future generations.”

Cr Dobie said works included conservation treatment of bronze plaques and maintenance repairs to the building as well as the Wunderlich pressed metal ceiling.

“The conservation treatment of the bronze plaques is specialised work and as such the plaques need to be removed and sent away for treatment,” Cr Dobie said.

The works are expected to take around two months and the building will be closed to the public during that time, with temporary fencing surrounding the structure.

The Queensland Anzac Centenary grants program prioritises projects that are focused on commemorating the First World War.

The Queensland Government established the program to help communities commemorate the Australian Centenary of the First World War, and the outstanding service and sacrifice of Queensland’s men and women.

 

 

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