Tweed Mayor Gary Bagnall, Cudgen Public School assistance principal Rod Cornelius, Kingscliff RSL President Hugh Aitken and Principal Mick Channells at Cudgen public school. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News
Tweed Mayor Gary Bagnall, Cudgen Public School assistance principal Rod Cornelius, Kingscliff RSL President Hugh Aitken and Principal Mick Channells at Cudgen public school. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News John Gass

Memorial gets a revamp

IN THE lead-up to the Anzac centenary, Kingscliff RSL has been working hard to breathe new life into Cudgen Public School's war memorial.

Kingscliff RSL president Hugh Aitken said the cenotaph was the original site for the main Tweed Coast Anzac Day and Remembrance Day commemorations.

For him, maintaining that history was crucial.

But space was short, with last year's Anzac Day drawing 500 people to the memorial. Many of them had to watch from the street and could hardly see over a tall brick wall.

While most of the works were covered by $21,700 in federal funding for the Anzac centenary, Mr Aitken said they were aiming to raise about $5000 to finish paying the contractors for the area's revamp and the same amount again for a new cenotaph dome.

"We're calling for the community to put forward $10,000," Mr Aitken said.

He said with the Anzac Centenary looming, he hoped community members or local businesses could see the value in helping to maintain the site, which he said was attracting more people each year.

Tweed Mayor Gary Bagnall said the council might contribute a small amount of money for part of the works.

"This war memorial is one of the oldest and most significant in the shire," CrBagnall said.

"It's got a lot of history, this site, and it's exciting to see a good number of people come out here on Anzac Day."

He said the area, already cemented with new lights for the plaques, would soon have benches for visitors to sit comfortably.

Assistant principal Rod Cornelius said this was part one of a two-part project.

He said it was highly significant for the students to have the memorial, the brick walls of which were recycled from the old school house, maintained.

Help out

Contribute to the revamp: Email cudgen-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au.

Important: The next two weeks are school holidays, so the school won't respond until April 20.



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