The Anzac Centenary will be one of the most significant commemorations to take place in our lives, writes Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.
The Centenary of Anzac starts on April 25 this year and continues for four years. This important celebration will be marked with Australians coming together to remember the sacrifices made by Australian servicemen and women, in conflicts around the world.
Council wants Brisbane’s Anzac spirit to shine even brighter than ever this year and has been preparing war memorials across the city for important Anzac Day commemorations.
Council has been working side by side with local RSLs to revitalise 31 of our city’s suburban war memorials so they are ready for marches and Anzac Day services this year. All up, Council has invested $1 million into preparing our regional memorials for this important event.
Six regional memorials have received major upgrades as part of this preparation, including Yeronga Memorial, Hemmant Memorial (Anning Monument), Centenary Suburbs War Memorial Gardens in Mount Ommaney, Mowbray Park WW1 Memorial in East Brisbane, the Nundah Memorial and the Pike Place Park Memorial in Kenmore.
In addition to preparing all of our suburban memorials, stage two of the $13.4 million restoration of Anzac Square which was jointly funded by the State Government, was also completed last month.
Anzac Square, which is Queensland’s war memorial, needed urgent upgrades to restore the Shrine of Remembrance and the Eternal Flame, after significant water damage. This restoration will now breathe another century of life into the Memorial.
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.
Our suburban war memorial play a key role in Anzac Day celebrations. Each memorial captures a significant piece of Brisbane’s war history, and 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.
For more information about Council’s war memorial upgrades, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.