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War memorial maintenance for Remembrance Day

24 October, 2012

War memorial maintenance for Remembrance Day

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is preparing Brisbane memorials for Remembrance Day on November 11, with additional maintenance work being undertaken throughout the city.

Local councillor Peter Matic (Toowong Ward) said maintenance work would be carried out on memorials including Pike Place Park (Brookfield), Booker Place Park (Bellbowrie), Moggill Cemetery (Moggill), Ithaca Memorial (Ithaca), Walton Bridge Memorial Park (The Gap), Stewart Place Park (Ashgrove), Keating Park (Indooroopilly) and Toowong Memorial (Toowong).

“Memorials are an important way of referencing our city’s history and culture, and we want to keep them in good condition for future generations,” Cr Matic said.

“This maintenance work is one way the Lord Mayor is ensuring Brisbane continues to be a clean and beautiful city.”

The additional maintenance work in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day will include replenishing plants, cleaning the memorials and their surrounding furniture, and cleaning and painting seats where required.

As well as maintenance works, this financial year Council will invest more than $260,000 to undertake works to restore and repair memorials and monuments across the city.

“Council will spend $76,000 restoring the Ithaca Memorial as part of the Memorials and Heritage Restoration Program,” Cr Matic said.

“These works will include cleansing, re-jointing and restoration of stone work, restoration of fittings and plaques, additional landscaping and seating.”

Restoration program work will start in late November and is scheduled for completion in mid-January 2013.

Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, which ran from 1914 – 1918.

After World War Two, the Australian Government agreed to the United Kingdom’s proposal that Armistice Day be renamed Remembrance Day to commemorate those who were killed in both World Wars.

As such, every year Australians observe one minute of silence at 11am on November 11 in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

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