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Anzac Square restoration reaches final stages

17 February, 2015

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is today inspecting the progress on the $13.4 million major refurbishment of Anzac Square, the State’s national memorial for Queenslanders who have served their country in conflict and in peace.

The Lord Mayor said the restoration project was on track to be completed ahead of this year’s Centenary of Anzac, when it would host commemorative services to mark 100 years since the landing of Gallipoli.

“This has been the most significant restorations for this to be undertaken in its 84 years, we are now 90 per cent through restoration works, with final works to be completed prior to the Anzac Centenary in April,” Cr Quirk said.

“Extensive works were required to address issues that are common to structures of this age such as water infiltration, damage to stonework, and limited accessibility to the site.

“Stage one of the project involved extensive investigations into the substructure and drainage system and was complete in May 2014.

“Stage two of the project is now almost complete with works including the replacement of the structural concrete slabs which support the memorial, and the repair of the memorial’s stonework.

“The pedestrian tunnel linking Anzac Square parkland to Central station has also been restored and now has new wall panels incorporating a commemorative ANZAC design.

“The project involved relaying nearly 2,000 pavers throughout the square and more than 22,000 tiles in the Cenotaph.”

Cr Quirk said the Anzac Square restoration would provide the State’s War memorial with another 100 years of service to the community.

“The completion of this restoration project will ensure Anzac Square continues to serve as a reminder of the service and sacrifice of all servicemen and women for many years to come.”

Stage three of the project will start shortly after April 2015 and include the redevelopment and upgrade of the office and workspace as an education and commemoration centre on two levels which will be integrated with the Crypt, the Shrine of Memories and the pedestrian tunnel.

In addition to the $2.2 million allocated to the Anzac Square project, Council has budgeted $915,000 for ongoing works to Brisbane war memorials in 2013/14.

The Queensland Government is contributing $11.2 million to the project with a further $2.2 million coming from Brisbane City Council who will manage the restoration.

For more information on the Anzac Square restoration project, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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