Time is now for Coolangatta Memorial restoration

24 Sep 2012 9:59 AMJann Stuckey

24 September 2012

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP has welcomed the news that the iconic Coolangatta-Tweed Heads World War II war memorial’s clock face has been restored thanks to joint funding from Queensland Government’s Community Memorials Restoration Program and the Gold Coast City Council.

Housing and Public Works Minister Dr Bruce Flegg said the Coolangatta-Tweed Heads WWII War Memorial clock face had been replaced and the obelisk and plaques had been cleaned and restored.

“The Community Memorials Restoration Program provided a $10,150 grant which was matched by council to make this restoration possible,” Dr Flegg said.

“I was very pleased to hear the Queensland Government was able to contribute funds to this historically and culturally significant memorial,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Coolangatta-Tweed Heads WWII War Memorial was built in the early 1950s in a joint project between the Coolangatta Soldiers Memorial Committee and the Coolangatta Tweed Heads Rotary Club.

“It’s both a memorial to the fallen and a commemoration of the work carried out in the community by the Rotary Club, so it’s important that we look after historic sites like this.

“Each Anzac Day and Remembrance Day this memorial represents the sacrifice of the fallen so it’s important that we preserve and protect the past for future generations.

“The Queensland Government recognises the importance of preserving our historic sites in communities across Queensland.

In the current round of funding, more than 50 restoration projects across Queensland are benefiting from Community Memorials Restoration Program grants, totalling just over $500,000 in funding.

The Memorial is located on the corner of Marine Parade and Warner Street in Coolangatta.