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    Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology
    The Honourable Robert Schwarten

    Q150 facelift for significant Toowong memorials

    Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology
    The Honourable Robert Schwarten

    Friday, September 04, 2009

    Q150 facelift for significant Toowong memorials

    Two of Queensland’s significant and unique memorials have been restored to their former glory and will be unveiled at the Toowong Cemetery Q150 Heritage Day tomorrow (5 September).

    Public Works Minister Robert Schwarten said repairs to the ‘Temple of Peace Monument’ and the ‘A Battery Memorial’ at Toowong Cemetery were supported by the Queensland Government’s Community Memorials Restoration Program.

    “The Bligh Government was pleased to contribute $18,500 towards the $37,000 restoration of these two memorials, with Brisbane City Council matching our contribution,” Mr Schwarten said.

    “The Temple of Peace Monument needed general repairs including the replacement of significant and intricate stained glass windows that have been vandalised on a number of occasions. Other general repair and preservation work has also been completed.

    “It’s an anti-war memorial erected by Richard Ramo who lost three sons in World War One.

    “This memorial is significant because it has become a symbol for peace and is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.”

    Mr Schwarten said the cleaning and restoration of the “A” Battery Memorial would ensure that Queensland Colonial Force’s existence and achievements continued to be recorded.

    “Prior to Federation each of the Australian colonies maintained its own defence force. These forces were largely comprised of part-time volunteers and a small number of permanent officers and men.

    “The “A” Battery Memorial is to the men of Queensland’s permanent force of Artillery.

    “In our 150th year, the Bligh Government is supporting Queensland communities through the restoration of these important memorials for future generations,” Mr Schwarten said.

    The Community Memorials Restoration Program matches dollar-for-dollar funding with grants up to $25,000 available to assist local governments and community organisations to restore, preserve and promote memorials.

    Since the Program’s inception in 2004, the Queensland Government has spent nearly $3 million restoring more than 240 memorials across the state.

    The Friends of Toowong Cemetery are conducting a Heritage Day event at Toowong Cemetery this Saturday, 5 September 2009, between 10am and 2pm.

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