Maintain Funding for Kokoda Memorial Track Concord

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Funding for the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway at Concord NSW is being cut, posing a threat to one of our Sydney’s most beloved war memorials.

The Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway is a living memorial and site of commemoration honouring all those who fought for Australia during World War II. It is the only Kokoda Memorial in Australia, and the only World War II commemoration in Sydney.

I’m told that annually it is visited by over 5,000 school kids – providing a living link between the servicemen and women who fought for their country and our youngest generations. It is also a place of reflection for patients from nearby Concord Hospital and families visiting the memorial and rose garden.

We must put pressure on the Minister for Veteran Affairs Darren Chester and the Federal Government to commit to funding that will ensure the future for this important memorial.

The memorial requires a funding commitment of $186,000 per year from the Federal Government for at least the next three years which will allow the board of the Memorial the resources to continue its important work and will also allow them the time to look at resources and consider options to secure the long term future of the walkway.

The Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway forms a link between our past and present. It is important to our veteran community that the life and legacy of this beloved memorial is secured for future generations to come.