Labor Member for Watson Tony Burke today announced a $20,000 grant to refurbish the Lakemba and Punchbowl war memorials.

Mr Burke said the grant was an important mark of respect for those who had fought and died in the first world war.

“More than 1900 locals from the Canterbury district volunteered to fight in World War One,” Mr Burke said.

“One hundred years later the refurbishment of these sites of commemoration is an important mark of respect for their service and dedication.”

“Commemorating the Centenary of Anzac is an important step in our nation’s journey and one that touches close to home here in the City of Canterbury,” Canterbury Mayor Brian Robson said.

The grant was made possible under the ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program put in place by the former Labor Government.

$125,000 has been made available for the local community to commemorate one of the most historically important periods in Australia’s history, the ANZAC Centenary.

Grants in our local area were chosen by the Watson ANZAC Centenary Committee, which included local veterans and was chaired by former Premier’s Representative of the ANZAC Memorial Trust and former Member for Bankstown, Mr Tony Stewart.