AWM expansion plan enters public-submissions phase

The half-billion-dollar redevelopment and expansion of the Australian War Memorial has entered a significant new phase.

Artist’s impression of the Australian War Memorial expansion. AWM image.

With public submission documents now available, the project was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works (PWC) on 30 April 2020.

Referral of our project to the PWC is a normal part of the approvals and oversight of all major government-funded projects.

PWC will review the purpose, scope and need for the proposed works as well as the cost effectiveness, public value and impact on local communities.

It will conduct a public consultation period covering the development project, and is expected also to undertake a public hearing in connection with it.

Public submissions to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works review close on 17 June.

Meanwhile, the AWM has separately received National Capital Authority endorsement of a seperate project to expand the underground car-parking facility beneath Poppy’s Cafe.

The scope of works subject to that application included the extension of the existing basement carpark to provide an additional 123 car-parking spaces for visitors to the memorial, and the installation of a temporary 115-space car park atop the basement carpark for construction workers involved in the major redevelopment of the AWM.

This open-air workers’ car park would be in place for approximately five years, after which it would be transformed into an open landscaped area with new tree plantings to replenish the trees removed in construction.

 

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