Anzac Hall will close to the public later this month as the War Memorial begins ‘enabling works’ ahead of its planned redevelopment.
It comes after the controversial expansion of the memorial recently securing the backing of the federal parliament.
A Parliamentary Committee supported the need, scope, cost, purpose and value-for money of the proposed project.
Australian War Memorial Director, Matt Anderson said it’s a significant milestone in the project and people will start to notice changes around the site.
“A new temporary entrance, construction site facilities, close Anzac Hall from late March, install a temporary reading room for continued collections access, and relocate identified items and sculptures out of work zones.”
“Importantly, the heart of the Memorial, the commemorative area will remain unchanged. Visitors will continue to be able to visit the First and Second World War galleries, the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier, Roll of Honour and to participate in the daily Last Post Ceremony.” He added.
The memorial’s expansion which includes the rebuild of Anzac Hall has attracted its critics, with some architects and heritage groups slamming the proposal as wasteful.
However, Mr Anderson said the planned expansion will allow for current and recently serving men and women to share their experiences.
“Parliamentary support has put our veterans who served in contemporary operations one day closer to being able to visit their Memorial and receive the recognition they deserve.”
The proposed redevelopment still needs to receive the final tick of approval from the National Capital Authority, who will review the building designs, precinct landscaping and consult with Canberrans before submitting any amendments to the project.