Anzac Square restoration and enhancement

Construction of the fourth and final stage of the Anzac Square restoration and enhancement project is nearing completion.

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

Anzac Square restoration

This table provides summary information about the Anzac Square restoration and enhancement project including address, ward, project outcomes, project benefits and latest update.

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

Works to Anzac Square are nearing completion, with the installation of the final element, the commemorative screens, occurring from June to August 2019.

About the project

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

View the newsletter, which includes a project plan:

Stage 4

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

Watch Stage 4 of the Anzac Square restoration and enhancement in the time lapse video.

You can also view this video on Council's YouTube channel. Read the transcript for this video.

It has included:

  • improving accessibility to and through Anzac Square with enhanced pathways and a lift
  • installing new plants and landscaping, with some unhealthy plants to be replaced
  • installing new commemorative screens along the walkways
  • providing a new entrance to the World War I (WWI) memorial through Anzac Square
  • improved signage
  • installing LED lights in the existing heritage light poles
  • improving seating and paved areas
  • fitting-out the area which currently houses the post-World War II (WWII) memorials, for future exhibitions and events
  • installing interactive technology to allow visitors to learn more about the State's war memorials.

View artist impressions: 

Previous stages

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

Project timing

Stage 4 works began in June 2018, and are nearing completion. The installation of the final element, the bronze commemorative screens, is anticipated to be undertaken from June to August 2019.

Memorial Galleries

The WWI, WWII and Post WWII memorial galleries are now open to the public. For more information about the memorial galleries, including opening hours, visit the Anzac Square website.

Construction details

The screen installation will take place between 7am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Council is committed to keeping the community informed of construction in their area and will provide notification of out-of-hours activities.

Throughout the screen installation works, the local community can expect, construction noise, increased truck movements and low levels of vibration and dust. Signage will be in place to help pedestrians navigate the temporary closures.

Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to the local community during the project and Council would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding during these final works.

History of Anzac Square

Anzac Square is Queensland's state 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

    If you have any questions about the Anzac Square restoration and enhancement project, 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.
    Last updated:11 July 2019