I recently announced as a part of the 2014-15 Council Budget, that I will be boosting the funding for memorial and heritage restorations to help ready the city for next year’s ANZAC Centenary.
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The Centenary of the landing at ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli is a milestone of special significance to all Australians and special commemorations will be held to mark 100 years since Australia’s involvement in the First World War.
So it is fitting that in the lead-up to this event that we focus on the restoration of our memorials so that we can honour and recognise the service and sacrifices made by so many.
As such, I have committed almost $1 million in funding for the refurbishment of suburban ANZAC memorials across the city to ensure the Centenary services are appropriately supported.
This is on top of the $2.2 million contribution towards the renewal and refurbishment to ANZAC Square and the Shrine of Remembrance being undertaken jointly with the State Government.
To give you a better idea of how the funding will be spent; $619,000 will go towards restoration of memorials across the suburbs, and $338,000 will be dedicated to restore six individual well- loved memorials including:
• the Centenary Suburbs War Memorial Gardens at Mt Ommaney,
• the Hemmant Recreation Reserve Memorial,
• Mowbray Park at East Brisbane,
• the Nundah Memorial Park,
• Pike Place Park at Kenmore and
• the Yeronga Memorial Park.
The projects undertaken will include works such as reinstating sandstone structures, restoring lettering and plinths, upgrading iron works and repairs to chipping.
We have already come a long way. We’ve been progressively upgrading the city’s suburban memorials since 2012, by undertaking the works over successive financial years in the lead up to the Centenary commemorations.
In 2012-13 this included cleaning and repairs to Oxley Place Memorial Park, Ithaca Memorial, Windsor Memorial Park and an upgrade to the Shrine of Remembrance Fountain and pond upgrade at ANZAC Square.
In addition to this we also completed upgrades to the paths and hardstand area at Sandgate Memorial and restored the WW1 Soldiers memorial at Toowong Memorial in 2013-14.
Our memorials are a place of honour, recognition and remembrance, not just on ANZAC Day but all year round.