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LM boosts memorials funding for ANZAC Centenary

19 June, 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is boosting Brisbane City Council’s commitment for memorial and heritage restorations in the 2014-15 Budget to help ready the city for next year’s ANZAC Centenary.

Cr Quirk said the $957,000 commitment would assist with undertaking restorations of suburban memorials ahead of special commemorations next year – marking 100 years since Australia’s involvement in the First World War.

“The Centenary of ANZAC is a milestone of special significance to all Australians and so it is fitting that next financial year we are increasing our commitment for these key works,” he said.

“Our memorials are a place of honour and recognition to the service and sacrifices made by so many and we want to ensure the Centenary services are appropriately supported.

Council’s investment includes $619,000 funding for memorials across the suburbs as well as $338,000 to restore six individual 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.

Cr Quirk said the investment was part of an ongoing commitment to upgrade memorials before the Centenary commemorations.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

Cr Quirk said on top of the 2014-15 investment for suburban memorials, Council has committed $2.2 million toward a major renewal and refurbishment of Anzac Square that is being jointly funded with the State Government.

[Ends] June 18, 2014

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