‘ “Dangerous precedent”: Architects seek War Memorial redevelopment halt’, Australian Financial Review, 23 August 2020 updated (Pdf from our subscription)
As noted previously, the Australian Institute of Architects have written an open letter to federal MPs, calling for a halt to the War Memorial project. Clare Cousins, former national president of the Institute, asked MPs to reject the redevelopment on the grounds that it ‘fails to protect the heritage of the AWM for all Australians’ and includes the ‘wasteful and unnecessary’ demolition of Anzac Hall.
‘The Australian Financial Review has been told’, McIlroy writes, ‘some MPs have strong reservations about the project’s price tag and scope, with some privately arguing more funding should go to veterans’ services, including mental health’.
The architects want Parliament’s Public Works Committee to delay a final recommendation until the completion of a separate heritage process under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
The article also refers to opposition from the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).