The ANZAC Square restoration will be complete in time for Centenary celebrations, writes Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.
Last week Brisbane City Council commenced a $13.4 million restoration and enhancement of ANZAC Square, with the first stage to be completed in time for the Centenary of ANZAC Celebrations.
A moving service was held at ANZAC Square last week with the Australian Army’s 7th Brigade leading a slow march to officially relocate the Eternal Flame within ANZAC Square while restoration works are conducted.
As Queensland’s most significant military memorial, I want to see the restoration works for ANZAC Square’s Shrine of Memories completed ahead of the start of the Centenary of ANZAC celebrations next year.
ANZAC Square is now in its 84th year and ANZAC services are well attended each year. I have no doubt that the Centenary of ANZAC celebrations next year will see services even more popular than in recent years.
A future stage of the project is planned to start after ANZAC Day next year and will refurbish and enhance heritage spaces beneath the Cenotaph, including the Shrine of Memories.
ANZAC Square has long stood as a proud reminder of the ultimate sacrifice paid by those who served our nation; these works will ensure the shrine stands proud as a pillar of the local community for another 100 years
Restoration works will focus on repairing severe water damage to the shrine’s internal stone and concrete structure. Repairs will include replacing the structural concrete that supports the memorial, restoring the stonework, renewing internal elements of the flame to increase reliability and upgrading the shrine’s drainage system to protect against any future water-damage occurring.
This key restoration project for ANZAC Square is a joint initiative between Council and the Queensland Government.
I would like to thank the community in advance for their patience through this restoration period. There will be some noise and dust impacts for surrounding businesses, mostly during the initial demolition phase of the restoration.
Works will be ongoing from Monday to Saturday between 7am and 5pm; residents and business owners will be advised of any extra works required outside of these times.
For more information about the ANZAC Square refurbishment project is available by visiting www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phoning Council on (07) 3403 8888.