Queenslanders encouraged to have their say on Anzac Square restoration

Published Wednesday, 17 January, 2018 at 05:33 PM

Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Queenslanders are encouraged to have their say on the final stage of the restoration and enhancement project of Queensland’s State War Memorial, Anzac Square, in the lead up to the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Government was keen to learn more about visitors to the Square and gather feedback on the plans for the works to commence following Anzac Day 2018.

“Opened in 1930, Anzac Square is our state’s living memorial to those who have served and sacrificed for our nation – which is why it is so important to maintain, restore and protect the site for current and future generations,” the Premier said.

“The first three stages, which are now complete, rectified structural defects, repaired damage from water infiltration, and upgraded interior spaces to improve public engagement.

“This fourth and final stage will further conserve, de-clutter and enhance the Square, helping to create a public space that promotes peaceful reflection.

“I encourage all Queenslanders to review the information paper and have their say on the final plan, to help ensure our Anzac Square – with the Eternal Flame in the Shrine of Remembrance at its heart – is restored to a dignified and solemn place of remembrance.”

Stage four of the restoration will begin in May, after Anzac Day services in April, with the bulk of works to be finished by the Remembrance Day service in November.

The Premier said the essential works were part of the Queensland Government’s $49.3 million commitment to Queensland’s Anzac Centenary commemorations 2014 –2018.

“Our Government is committed to providing a lasting legacy to Queenslanders beyond 2018 and we are proud to have funded the majority of this project to see it become a reality,” the Premier said.

“We are also proud to commit $2 million towards a state-wide program of Armistice Centenary activities to complement annual Remembrance Day services, including the state service at Anzac Square.

“The program will feature a state-wide public art project, the illumination of iconic Queensland landmarks and a variety of community events and concerts.

“The finalisation of the restoration and enhancement of Anzac Square, coupled with many activities planned for Remembrance Day 2018, will provide an appropriate conclusion to our five year program commemorating Australia’s involvement in the First World War.”

The Queensland Government, the Commonwealth Government and Brisbane City Council have collectively invested a total of $21.98 million in the restoration and enhancement works.

Queenslanders are invited to have their say by 28 February 2018, by visiting www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au

Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier's office) 0417 263 791