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Eternal Flame returns home to Shrine of Remembrance

13 March, 2015

The Eternal Flame in Anzac Square will be moved back to its permanent position in the Shrine of Remembrance during an official ceremony tomorrow, after being temporarily relocated to facilitate restoration works on Anzac Square’s Shrine of Remembrance.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the relocation of the flame back to its permanent home within the Shrine of Remembrance signalled the completion of stage two of the $13.4 million Anzac Square restoration project.

“This extensive project to restore the Shrine of Remembrance has been completed ahead of Anzac Day next month, which is the start of the Centenary of Anzac commemorations, to ensure those who fought for our country can be appropriately recognised and remembered,” Cr Quirk said.

“Works on the Shrine of Remembrance have focused on repairing severe water damage to the shrine’s internal stone and concrete structure, and will see the memorial remain an important reminder of the First World War for many years to come.”

An official ceremony will be held tomorrow to mark the occasion and the Australian Army’s 7th Brigade will relocate the Eternal Flame from a purpose-built plinth into the Shrine of Remembrance.

Cr Quirk said the Eternal Flame served as a commemoration to Queenslanders who had served Australia in military campaigns across the world.

“The Eternal Flame honours the memory of our servicemen and women who have served, not only in the First World War, but in all military campaigns since this time.

Cr Quirk said Council has been undertaking projects across the city in preparation for the Centenary of Anzac with 31 other memorials being restored.

“Council has invested $1 million for major restoration works at six prominent suburban memorials and for refurbishment works at a further 25 memorials around the city.

“We want to ensure that all of our memorials can play an important role in commemorating the Centenary of Anzac and all these works will be completed ahead of Anzac Day.”

Major upgrades works are being completed at:
• Yeronga Memorial
• Hemmant Memorial
• Centenary Suburbs War Memorial Gardens, Mt Ommaney
• Mowbray Park WW1 Memorial, East Brisbane
• Nundah Memorial
• Pike Place Park, Kenmore

The Anzac Square restoration project is a joint initiative between the Queensland Government, which is contributing $11.2 million; a further stage of work on the Shrine of Memories is planned to commence later this year.

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

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