p>Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Warren Snowdon has welcomed news that crucial preservation works undertaken by the Turkish Government at Anzac Cove were complete.
THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Centenary of Anzac
17 April 2012
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Warren Snowdon has welcomed news that crucial preservation works undertaken by the Turkish Government at Anzac Cove were complete.
Mr Snowdon said the works were an important step towards ensuring the historically significant Anzac Cove site on the Gallipoli peninsula is protected.
“I am pleased works to preserve Anzac Cove have been completed. This work was essential in helping to protect the Gallipoli battlefields from the environmental impact of erosion,” he said.
“Like many coastal areas around the world, erosion has been threatening Anzac Cove and without this work it was likely to deteriorate further and put parts of the battlefields at risk.”
Mr Snowdon said several efforts to stabilise Anzac Cove for the long-term were now complete.
“The Turkish Government has erected a sea wall along the back of the beach linking together existing walls along neighbouring Brighton and North beaches; installed improved drainage in the road and upgraded the road surface of Anafartlar road (above Anzac Cove),” he said.
“The final stage of the work, landscaping and revegetating the area, which will compliment the surrounding sea wall and further stabilise the slope, is underway and will be ready for Anzac Day commemorations on 25 April 2012.”
Mr Snowdon said the work was carried out under the supervision of the Turkish authorities, with staff from the Australian Embassy and Consul in Canakkale regularly monitoring progress.
“The Australian Government has been assured that the work has been undertaken with the upmost care and consideration for the significance of the site,” he said.
“The work will ensure that Anzac Cove is preserved and protected for the people of Turkey, Australia and New Zealand who visit each year and for many years to come.
“I thank the Turkish Government for its commitment to preserving this sacred site with the dignity it deserves, particularly as we approach the centenary of the Gallipoli landings in 2015.
“Work to stabilise the road and the sea wall began in September 2011, and was completed in time for Anzac Day 2012.”
Before and after images of Anzac Cove works are available on the image page on the DVA media centre at www.dva.gov.au/media
Minister Snowdon: Lidija Ivanovski or Marcus Butler 02 6277 7820
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203