Anzac Centenary Memorial Garden Walk
24 April 2015
The Kintore Avenue boundary of Government House will be brought in 10 metres to create the Anzac Centenary Memorial Garden Walk that links the grounds of Government House with the Walk.
The proposed project will require the first change to the boundaries of Government House since 1927, when the site for the South Australian National War Memorial was enshrined in legislation. The brick wall along Kintore Avenue was built in 1937.
With the historical significance of this project, the proposal is to excise land from the Eastern perimeter of Government House on the understanding that the design will ensure that there are no unreasonable impacts on the security, privacy, heritage and functionality of Government House.
Legislation will be introduced to Parliament in May to enable the project. The Anzac Centenary Memorial Garden Walk will be a place of peaceful reflection, recognition and education.
People will be able to walk from the State’s principal site of remembrance, the South Australian National War Memorial on North Terrace, to Torrens Parade Ground and the Pathway of Honour.
The project requires a change to the Schedule in a single page Act of Parliament that dates back to 1927 and an associated Act from 1949. The proposed boundary changes will allow the construction of the promised Memorial Garden Walk, which was a 2014 election commitment.
The Walk symbolised remembrance, service and loyalty. The National War Memorial and associated memorials acknowledge remembrance; service is symbolised by the Torrens Parade Ground, the site from which many South Australians left to serve their nation at war; loyalty is symbolised by Government House. It will stand as a lasting tribute to the Anzac tradition.
This project connects the memorial precinct to the identity of North Terrace and reinforces its identity as a cultural boulevard.
The $10 million project, first proposed by the Veterans Advisory Council as the preferred project for the Centenary of Anzac, is funded through the federal Anzac Centenary Public Fund ($5 million), a State Government commitment ($3 million) and an in-principle Adelaide City Council commitment.
Tenders for the architects and other project partners were released on Tuesday this week.
Bills will be introduced into Parliament in May and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure has already started the implementation phase of the project, overseen by a Project Control Group that comprises representatives of Government House, Veterans SA and Adelaide City Council.