PRESS RELEASE – City of Sydney Liberal Councillor Christine Forster
20 August 2014
Hyde Park ANZAC Memorial Redevelopment
Liberal Councillor Christine Forster has asked City of Sydney Council to make a financial contribution to the recently announced $38 million plan to redevelop the ANZAC Memorial at Hyde Park, which would complete the original 1930 vision for this important and historic building.
“Council is planning to spend more than $9 million on public art in Sydney, and I believe this project is every bit as important to the cultural fabric of our City,” Councillor Forster said.
“It is fantastic to see the NSW State Government commit $20 million to this exceptionally important legacy project, especially given the significance of this period, the Centenary of ANZAC,” Councillor Forster added.
“The original 1930s plan called for the construction of a cascading water feature on the southern side of the Memorial, to complement the north side’s Lake of Reflections. Unfortunately, due to budget constraints at the time, this vision was never fully realised,” she said.
“Hyde Park is one of the premier open spaces in the City of Sydney and the ANZAC Memorial redevelopment is a key legacy project to recognise and honour the sacrifice made by those brave servicemen and women from across our state.”
The project includes the construction of an Education and Interpretation Centre beneath the Memorial, where future generations will learn about the ANZAC legacy and the contribution made by the men and women of NSW.
“The State Government is committing $20 million to the project, and I’m asking Council to make a contribution of up to $9 million, subject to the outstanding $9 million being secured from other sources,” Councillor Forster said.
Councillor Forster’s motion to consider the financial contribution will be debated at Council’s meeting on August 25.
Click on the image below to read Councillor Forster’s Notice of Motion