Anzac Square restoration and enhancement

Council is pleased to announce the fourth and final stage of the Anzac Square restoration and enhancement project.

The project is a joint initiative between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. 

Summary

Address Between Ann Street and Adelaide Street, Brisbane City
Ward Central Ward
Project outcome To enhance the Anzac Square parkland and preserve its heritage
Project benefits The project will improve accessibility, enhance the memorial space and improve the visitor experience at the memorial and square.
Latest update

The development application has been submitted and construction is anticipated to start following Anzac Day on 25 April 2018.

About the project

The Anzac Square restoration and enhancement is being undertaken in stages. 

Stage 4

Stage 4 of the project aims to improve accessibility, enhance the memorial space and enhance visitor experience at the memorial and square.

It will include:

  • improving accessibility to and through Anzac Square with enhanced pathways and a lift
  • installation of plants and landscaping
  • some tree removal to prevent damage to the sandstone memorials
  • installation of new memorial screening as part of the curation plan
  • providing a new entrance to the WWI memorial through Anzac Square
  • improved signage
  • relocation of some statues around the square
  • fit-out of the area which currently houses the post WWII memorials to facilitate exhibitions and events
  • installing interactive technology to allow visitors to learn more about the memorials.

Previous stages

Stages 1, 2 and 3 of the project were undertaken from 2014 to 2016. These stages involved extensive restorative works to provide a structurally sound exterior to the memorial site, and designed to stop water infiltration into the substructure and walls. They also involved significant enhancements to the undercroft spaces and the careful curation of the memorial plaques.

Project timing

Council has lodged the development application for Stage 4 of the Anzac Square restoration and enhancement project. Pending development application approval, Council anticipates construction to start following Anzac Day on 25 April 2018, with the intention to have the majority of works to be completed for Remembrance Day on 11 November 2018.

Council will provide the community with further information as the project progresses.

History of Anzac Square

Anzac Square is Queensland's memorial to those Queenslanders who have served their country in conflict and in peace. It has been the site of major commemorations since its opening on Armistice Day (now Remembrance Day) 1930.

It was borne out of the grieving of a society that gave and lost so much in the First World War of 1914-1918. For 15 years the community worked to secure this memorial. It was paid for by donations from ordinary people who were themselves facing difficult times in the years between the First World War and the Great Depression of the 1930s.

More information

Additionally, if you have any questions about the Anzac Square restoration and enhancement, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 669 416 during business hours
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 outside of business hours
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Anzac Square Restoration and Enhancement Project
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.

 Photo gallery

View the Anzac Square restoration photo gallery as a slideshow, or view photos individually in Council's Flickr account.

20 March 2018
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