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Suburban War Memorials to Stand Proud for the Centenary of ANZAC

24 March, 2015

Brisbane’s ANZAC spirit will shine brighter than ever this year, with an almost $1 million restoration of suburban war memorials ahead of this year’s historic milestone.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council was working side by side with local RSLs to breathe new life into 31 of the city’s suburban war memorials ahead of the beginning of The Centenary of ANZAC.

“For Brisbane locals, the ANZAC Centenary will be one of the most significant commemorations to take place in the lives of current generations,” Cr Quirk said.

“Brisbane has strong ties with this historic event; the city was key recruitment area for the 1st Light Horse Brigade, which was one of the first ANZAC contingents to go to war in 1914.

“To help commemorate the Centenary milestone, Council has invested $957,000 this financial year to rehabilitate six of Brisbane’s most prominent war memorials, as well as undertake minor repairs and maintenance on other memorials across the city.

“Each memorial captures a significant piece of Brisbane’s war history, and each has a special story to tell when remembering the men and women who gave their lives for our country.

“For example, when the Anning Monument at Hemmant was first built in 1903 to commemorate a local killed in the Boer War, memorials of this kind were quite rare.

“It’s crucial these monuments are given the respect they deserve, and are looking their best, especially for the Centenary of ANZAC.”

Major upgrades are being undertaken at the following sites:
• Yeronga Memorial – repairing and restoring ageing and damaged sandstone elements, and upgrading the iron work, lighting and fencing.
• Hemmant Memorial (Anning Monument) – Repairing and restoring the memorial statue, and a general upgrade of facilities including landscaping
• Centenary Suburbs War Memorial Gardens, Mt Ommaney – Refurbishing parade ground surface
• Mowbray Park WW1 Memorial, East Brisbane – Modifying granite kerbing to improve water drainage from the memorial, general clean-up of memorial and plaques, replacing lead lettering
• Nundah Memorial – Repairing sandstone elements, replacing finials, treating rust, and repainting cannon
• Pike Place Park Memorial, Kenmore - Repairing and resealing the memorial plinth, repairing and repointing damaged finials and carrying out other minor repairs.

Cr Quirk said each region across the city had also been allocated additional funding to undertake minor repairs required at memorials to ensure they are in perfect condition for ANZAC Day ceremonies.

“These minor works may include repairs to flag poles, sandstone and marble memorials and plinths, landscaping and cleaning” he said.

“Works at these 31 war memorials are being carried out in addition to the $13.4 million upgrade of the Anzac Square memorial in the city, which is jointly funded by the Queensland Government.

“Stage two of the ANZAC Square restoration which included the relocation and upgrade of the Eternal Flame is now complete, providing another century of life to the structure.”

For more information about Council’s war memorial upgrades, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

[ENDS] March 24, 2015

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