The $30 million dollar restoration of Anzac Square, is now one third complete.
And, an extra memorial is soon to be added.
Saffi Kerezsy reports.
Six thousand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen served in the second world war.
They’ll now have special recognition.
Glen Elmes, Minister for Multicultural Affairs: “Right behind us is the temporary home of the eternal flame and that’s the spot in which the statue and the memorial will be built.”
Vern Hopkins, Memorial Coordinator: “It makes you so proud today to stand here on sacred ground as I call it because this is where we come Anzac Day, this is where we come Vietnam Vets’ Day.”
Vern’s Committee will work with Griffith University to design and deliver the project by the end of 2018.
Gillian French, Griffith University: “It’s about pictures of all the veterans and it’s about their stories and what happened to them.”
The restoration of Anzac Square will be ready for centenary celebrations next year.
Graham Quirk, Lord Mayor: “Redevelopment of the Anzac Square area is very much on track and it’s on budget.”
The memorial is set to be based on three scupltures featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander soldiers as well as a woman from the Torres Strait in recognition of their wartime service.
Saffi Kerezsy, QUT News.