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Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk Awards

Wednesday 26 October, 2016

A memorial for all, not a few

The Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk has been awarded the Colonel William Light Award for Design Excellence at the 2016 Australian Civic Trust Civic Review 2016. The Memorial Walk was also awarded the People’s Choice Award voted on by members of the public. These awards are in addition to previous recognition for landscaping and lighting.

The memorial Walk won the People’s Choice award by 390 votes to 151 votes for second placed Hart’s Mill Projects in the Port Adelaide area. The citation for the Colonel William Light Award reads as follows:

The Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk is South Australia’s contribution to the Centenary of Anzac commemorations and a lasting reminder of the human cost of war. It has transformed Kintore Avenue into a memorial precinct that pays tribute to the service and sacrifice of all Australians affected by war. It encourages public interaction with Government House, opens up Kintore Avenue as a pedestrian boulevard and is an important public connection between the City of Adelaide’s North Terrace Cultural Promenade and the Riverbank Precinct thus enhancing and consolidating the basic design of Adelaide.

The Memorial Walk provides a fitting extension to the South Australian National War Memorial and is a gathering place for education, contemplation and reflection.

Underpinned by the theme ‘a memorial for all, not a few’, the Walk acknowledges the impact of conflict on Australian society, both at home and abroad, while honouring the service of all who have worn the nation’s uniform through a Century of Service since World War I. The Memorial Walk does not seek to highlight the service of any individual, unit, organisation, association or service but is based on and symbolised by three design pillars:

Remembrance – the South Australian National War Memorial and associated memorials;

Service – Torrens Parade Ground from where many service personnel departed for theatres of operation;

Loyalty – Government House.

Comments received relating to the People’s Choice Award included:

‘An outstanding addition to our City’

‘Great acknowledgement by Government House also to provide the land for such a worthy purpose for all’

‘Brilliant design and concept…reflections of our identity’

‘Does more than its original purpose – awakens the surrounding area’

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