MISSION: At war memorial are Peter Gibson, Daniel Ball, Peter Nuske, Geoff Morrow, Paul McTernan and young Ryan McTernan
MISSION: At war memorial are Peter Gibson, Daniel Ball, Peter Nuske, Geoff Morrow, Paul McTernan and young Ryan McTernan Trevor Veale

Restore dignity of war memorial

A CENTURY on from the horror of the First World War and Woolgoolga veterans are joining to battle for Woolgoolga's memorial legacy.

As we approach 100 years of Anzac, veterans advocate and ex-serviceman Paul McTernan is calling to attention that the town's original sandstone First World War monument is laying in an industrial area "treated as a piece of discarded junk".

Mr McTernan is now calling on the community, local businesses and the council to help find a new location for the monument to be restored and erected permanently for all the public to view.

"When I found out that the original monument was possibly going to be dumped as a piece of rubbish, I was furious," Mr McTernan said.

At a sub-branch meeting in 2008, Mr McTernan advised the committee and its members that he and his wife would pay all costs associated with the removal of the monument. Ex-serviceman and local Geoff Morrow advised Mr McTernan he would organise a local business owner to allow them to store the monument for safe keeping.

And there it has sat.

Following the First World War, the community raised funds to have the monument erected to honour and remember the brave men of the area that made the ultimate sacrifice.

The original monument was erected in the Woolgoolga Township in 1922.

Over the years it was moved to several locations before it finally settled at the Woolgoolga Diggers Club in Beach Street, Woolgoolga.

It was replaced by an updated memorial in 2001.

Mr McTernan and his fellow veterans are urging the community, local businesses and the council to help find a new location for the monument to be restored and erected permanently for all the public to view.



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