Eternal flame returns as ANZAC Centenary program reaches critical milestone

Published Saturday, 14 March, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Queensland’s preparations for the commemoration of the ANZAC Centenary continue, with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today joining the Lord Mayor to oversee the return of the ‘eternal flame’ to its rightful home at the Shrine of Remembrance.

“The ANZAC Centenary will be close to every Queenslander’s heart, and the Shrine of Remembrance will be central to those commemorations,“ Ms Palaszczuk said.

“The ‘eternal flame’ was temporarily shifted in order for a major restoration project at the Shrine, worth $13.6 million, could be completed.

“The return of the flame today means a significant part of the restoration is now complete.

“The Shrine of Remembrance is one of Brisbane’s most significant monuments. I’d like to thank Council for working with the Government to protect and restore the Shrine, which means so much to tens of thousands of Brisbane residents.”

The Queensland Government contributed $11.4 million to the restoration, with the Brisbane City Council contributing $2.2 million.

Ms Palaszczuk said in total, the state government has committed almost $50 million to the Anzac Centenary program between 2014 and 2018, which includes funding for community projects and events, as well as significant investment in several legacy projects like Anzac Square.

“As part of the early rounds of funding, we’ve already seen investment in 141 projects and events worth approximately $3.2 million.

“These projects and events are being rolled out across the state, in the same way that young people from all corners of Queensland contributed to the Anzac effort 100 years ago.

“Thousands of Queenslanders played an important part in the First World War, including being among the first to land at Gallipoli.

“We are committed to honouring the bravery and sacrifice of those who served.”

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