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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

MEDIA RELEASE

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Remembrance Bridge opens ahead of Anzac Day

HOBART locals and visitors will have easier and safer access to the commemorative precinct in Hobart with the opening of the Remembrance Bridge today, less than a month ahead of Anzac Day.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the bridge would give people access to the cenotaph and Soldiers’ Memorial Avenue at the Queens Domain safely, without having to cross a busy highway.

“Before the construction of the bridge, people visiting the cenotaph would cross the Tasman Highway to get across to the Queens Domain and vice versa,” Mr Chester said. “This will provide a direct link between the two.

“The Remembrance Bridge is a lasting legacy of the Anzac Centenary, commemorating more than 15,000 Tasmanians who enlisted during the First World War and the some 2,500 who died.

“I congratulate and thank all those involved in seeing this important project come to fruition.”

The Remembrance Bridge was funded under the Anzac Centenary Public Fund which opened in 2013 and gave all Australians the opportunity to contribute to projects that honour all those who served in the First World War more than 100 years ago.

“Tasmania has a proud military history which has been brought to the forefront in this precinct through a number of projects through the fund,” Mr Chester said.

“This includes $300,000 to install a Flame of Remembrance at the cenotaph, and more than $1 million to the Soldiers’ Memorial Avenue in Queens Domain.

“This bridge will link all those important projects and make it easier for people to access them.”

The fund contributed more than $60 million to projects right across Australia in a fitting recognition for the service and sacrifice of the men and women who defended our country’s freedoms and values and continue to do so.

ENDS

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