The Australasian Soldiers Dardanelles Cenotaph, the first Australian memorial to the Gallipoli campaign could become a feature of the Anzac Centenary Memorial Garden Walk.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Martin Hamilton-Smith will attend the 100th anniversary of the memorial on Sunday and has proposed to transfer it from the South Parklands.
“The cenotaph is the first significant memorial to those who lost their lives during the Gallipoli campaign and would be a key feature of the $10 million project,” Mr Hamilton-Smith said.
“The State Government has proposed the cenotaph be relocated to a place of prominence at the northern end of the Anzac Centenary Memorial Garden Walk – near the Torrens Parade Ground and intersecting with the Pathway of Honour.
“The new walk would also connect the Cenotaph with the state’s principal site of remembrance, the South Australian National War Memorial on North Terrace.
“The Anzac Centenary Memorial Garden Walk has captured the hearts of South Australian veterans, and it is fitting that this project is expected to be completed in time for Anzac Day next year.
“As South Australians we have much to be proud of and grateful for when it comes to those within our community who have served the interests of our country in the armed forces – through physical infrastructure, their sacrifice and service is retained in our collective memory.
“The Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk will create a place of peaceful reflection, recognition and education – it will stand as a lasting tribute to our servicemen and women.
“The walk will be enhanced by the sense of connection with Government House, with its Kintore Avenue boundary being brought in by 10 metres and opened up by a new fence that will open views of the Government House gardens and surrounds.
“This project will also enhance the amenity of the North Terrace area, establishing a refreshed, unified memorial precinct to be a feature of the city centre,” Mr Hamilton-Smith said.
The final decision to move the Cenotaph rests with the Adelaide City Council which will consider the proposal on Monday.
A detailed design has been finalised and work will begin after completion of the construction tender process.