The bells of the Bathurst War Memorial Carillon will ring again after receiving $181,818 under the Australian Government’s Armistice Centenary Grants Program to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War.
Today Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester and Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, said the funding would allow the Bathurst Regional Council to complete important upgrades.
“The Bathurst War Memorial Carillon is one of only three Carillons in Australia and has been an important part of the Bathurst community since 1933,” Mr Chester said.
“The funding announced today will be used to purchase and install a clavier (a large wooden instrument), new bells, and upgrade the eternal flame.”
Mr Gee said once the upgrades have been completed the Carillon’s bells will once again chime, reminding those of us in the community of the service and sacrifice of those who served.
“The funding announced today by the Australian Government enables local communities to commemorate the centenary of the First World War Armistice,” Mr Gee said.
Mayor of Bathurst Cr Graeme Hanger welcomed the funding.
“The Carillon is the centrepiece of the beautiful Kings Parade in the heart of our city where it has stood since 1933. It symbolises and honours the spirit of the Anzacs and these funds will go towards these important upgrades,” Cr Hanger said.