Development of war memorials gets green light | Bay Post-Moruya Examiner

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The redevelopment of the Australian War Memorial is progressing with three redevelopment packages ticked by the National Capital Authority. All approvals have now been given for the new Anzac Hall, the CEW Bean Building extension and the new south entrance to the facility, which are the final phases of the $ 500 million redevelopment. “This is a very important milestone, with the project now securing all necessary approvals to continue,” said AWM Director Matt Anderson. “For modern veterans, this is also an important milestone, as they are now one step closer to having their stories told in the new galleries.” It follows the NCA community hearing, which found that 73 percent of respondents supported the proposed works. In regional cities, support rose to 86 per cent, while it fell to 63 per cent in the capitals. Majority support was found in each state, although only 41 percent of ACT respondents indicated support. The NCA found that the proposal, which would bring expanded exhibit space, larger research areas and improved access to all capabilities, was in line with the National Capital Plan. “The NCA concluded that the proposed works have been designed in a way that strengthens the geometry of Griffins’ Plan, with the changes that strengthen built elements of the site and the land axis,” a statement read. Australian Associated Press


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