WINNING MOVE: Returned servicemen are happy to hear the old war memorial will be rebuilt at Woolgoolga RSL club.
WINNING MOVE: Returned servicemen are happy to hear the old war memorial will be rebuilt at Woolgoolga RSL club. Trevor Veale

War memorial to be revived

THE dying wish of a member from one of Woolgoolga's most well-known families is likely to be honoured with growing support for the old war memorial to be resurrected.

Recently, the story of the Woolgoolga WWII memorial in disrepair in an industrial estate was told after being taken down in 2003.

Dennys Younger's great aunt was a passionate local that helped raise funds for the memorial.

"She always said to me before she died, 'You make sure that memorial is resurrected - it's a disgrace it was ever pulled down'," Dennys said.

"It really is an insult to our history."

Following the story people have volunteered their time to help restore the memorial; the issue was where to place it.

This week, Woolgoolga RSL president Trevor Goldthorpe confirmed he was campaigning to have the current memorial at the club renovated to include the old one.

"It needs renovations anyways, we have trouble with the pump and a few other things," Mr Goldthorpe said.

"I think the best option is to incorporate it in with that," he said.

Mr Goldthorpe said the idea would be put to the board and the challenge would be having it finished for centenary commemorations in April.

Two of the men behind the campaign, Paul McTernan and Geoff Morrow, could not be happier with the support for the club.

"This is exactly what we wanted, it's a great outcome," Mr Morrow said.



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