The Australian War Memorial has now entered the final stage of the National Capital Authority (NCA) public consultation process. With early and enabling works approved, the current national consultation seeks public feedback on the architectural designs of three Main Works packages: the new Southern Entrance, the CEW Bean Building extension, and the new Anzac Hall and Glazed Link.
Public submissions are now open. This is an opportunity for all Australians to offer feedback on the project’s proposed designs, and to share ideas for design improvements. Submissions close at 5pm on 10 September and are to be made directly to the NCA via an e-form https://www.nca.gov.au/consultations/awm/have-your-say. Information on the consultation process, the architectural design plans, and video presentations on each package of work are available for review on the NCA’s website https://www.nca.gov.au/consultations/awm
The iconic heritage façade of the Memorial building will not change. Nor will the Commemorative Area housing the Roll of Honour, the Pool of Reflection, the Hall of Memory, and the First and Second World War galleries. According to the AWM Director, Mr Matt Anderson, the development is intended to give the space to honour the 39,000 women and men who served in Afghanistan as well as those who served in other recent conflicts and operations.