THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
21 June 2011
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, welcomed the New Zealand Government’s commitment to establish an Australian Memorial in Wellington, announced today by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.
Mr Snowdon said the memorial will be part of the New Zealand Memorial Park in Wellington and it will recognise the significant relationship between the two countries.
“Australians and New Zealanders have served alongside each other from South Africa more than a century ago, through Gallipoli, France and Belgium in the First World War, Second World War, Korea, and Vietnam to Afghanistan today.
“The bonds of mateship established in war and on operations in support of the United Nations are today a pillar of one of Australia’s strongest relationships. However the relationship is not just a military one: the ties of history, people, culture, trade and sport are also deep and lasting.
“This project reciprocates the New Zealand Memorial on Anzac Parade, in Canberra, that was a gift from the Government and people of New Zealand for the Centenary of Federation in 2001,” Mr Snowdon said.
Mr Snowdon said the Australian Government previously provided $5 million for the construction of the memorial, with design work to begin shortly.
“The memorial will provide a significant focus for commemorations marking the centenary of the First World War in 2015.
“As we approach the centenary of the landings at Gallipoli, the Australian Government will continue to work in partnership with the New Zealand Government to coordinate the delivery of Anzac Day commemorations,” Mr Snowdon said.
In Australia, a new Anzac Centenary Advisory Board is also being established to progress the work initiated by the National Commission on the Commemoration of the Anzac Centenary.
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