MDC retreating up Anzac Parade

johnboy 24 February 2012

The National Capital Authority has announced a strategic withdrawal by the Memorials Development Committee in their push for vast brutalist memorials to the first and second world wars.

The National Capital Authority will undertake a public consultation process on the proposed World War I and World War II memorials, following the announcement today by the Memorial(s) Development Committee (MDC) to amend its proposal.

The MDC has asked to change the location of the proposed World War I and World War II Memorials to vacant sites on Anzac Parade. The design of the memorials may also be refined to take account of the new sites.
National Capital Authority chief executive, Gary Rake welcomed the announcement.

“The Memorial(s) Development Committee has listened to public feedback, and altered its proposal,” Mr Rake said.

“The community will be given an opportunity to comment on the proposed new location and design of the memorials before it is considered by the Canberra National Memorials Committee (CNMC),” he said.

The NCA will undertake the consultation and assessment processes as an adviser to the CNMC.

With Anzac Parade already host to two major memorials for specific campaigns in World War One (Gallipoli, Light Horse) and World War Two (Tobruk and Greece) it seems somewhat problematic to add broader conflict memorials into the same space.

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