Redevelopment of Anzac Memorial begins

20 August 2016

The first sod has today been turned on the $40 million enhancement of the Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park.

“It is fantastic that work has today begun on this major upgrade, which will bring to life the original 1930s vision of Sydney’s Anzac Memorial,” NSW Premier Mike Baird said.

“By enhancing this Memorial we are ensuring future generations can continue to honour those who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.

“Just this week Australians were reminded of the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served our country, with the 50 year commemoration of the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam.”

Senator for NSW the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO said the redevelopment included plans to build an education and interpretation centre beneath the Anzac Memorial, and a water cascade at the southern side of the Memorial.

“The Commonwealth is very proud to be contributing to this important project, which will help to preserve and enhance the legacy of our service men and women,” Mr Sinodinos said.

NSW Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said Budget constraints during the Great Depression meant the original architectural plans were never completed.

“It is fitting that as we commemorate the Centenary of Anzac we commence work on this significant project which honours the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces,” Mr Elliott said.

The $40 million upgrade is jointly funded by the NSW and Australian Governments.  It is due to be completed as Centenary of Anzac commemorations conclude in 2018.

The construction tender has been awarded to Built. The company recently completed a refurbishment of the First World War Galleries in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

On this day
19 September

1918 — Battles of MEGIDDO, NABLUS and SHARON involving the 5th Australian Light Horse Brigade. These battles launched the final offensive against the Turks in Palestine and Syria  

1943 — 2/6th Independent Company captured KIAPIT, New Guinea. An airfield was then constructed in the area and it became the base for 7th Div operations in the Markham Valley. This is noted as one of the outstanding Australian actions of WW2