With the recent commemoration of the centenary of World War I, the “war to end all wars”, Australians all around the country got a chance to think about and pay tribute to the many young men who gave their lives to fight in the war. One location that saw plenty of foot traffic from owners of Bulimba real estate and other areas of Brisbane was the city’s Anzac Square, site of Australia’s first Eternal Flame.
Now, restoration work has begun on Anzac Square that will see the repair of water damage to the shrine’s internal stone and concrete, replacing the concrete slabs supporting the memorial and repairing stonework. Overall, the $13.4 million project will result in a more attractive and durable public space.
As a result of the works, the Eternal Flame has been moved out of the way to a secure location within Anzac Square, after a ceremony was held to commemorate its temporary relocation.
The Anzac Square restoration was part of the state government’s $50 million commemoration of what was once known as The Great War.
“We want to ensure that we continue to appropriately recognise and remember those who fought for our country and to educate future generations,” said Minister Assisting the Premier on the Centenary of Anzac Glen Elmes in a July 31 release.