Tuesday, 25 August 2015
The Queensland Korean War Memorial on the Gold Coast was today declared a Military Memorial of National Significance by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson.
At a special ceremony at the Memorial, also attended by Federal Member for Moncrieff Steven Ciobo MP, Senator Ronaldson formally presented the official declaration to the Mayor of the City of Gold Coast, Cr Tom Tate, and Chairman of the Queensland Korean War Memorial Committee Maurie Pears.
“During this Anzac Centenary period, it is my great honour to officially declare the Queensland Korean War Memorial on the Gold Coast a Military Memorial of National Significance,” Senator Ronaldson said.
“The Queensland Korean War Memorial is the only Memorial in Queensland to be granted this level of national recognition. Australia-wide there are only seven other Military Memorials of National Significance,” he said.
“To achieve this status, a memorial must be located outside Canberra and satisfy 10 criteria set out in legislation including a requirement for it to be appropriately dignified and symbolic, to be of sufficient scale and to be of commemorative importance to the nation.”
Mr Ciobo said the memorial was a focal point for the community and recognised the work of the local organisations in ensuring that it is now a focal point for the entire nation.
“This Memorial is a beautiful tribute to the 18,000 Australians who served in Korea during the war and in the post-Armistice period,” Mr Ciobo said.
“More than 350 Australians lost their lives and some 1,500 were wounded during the war and post-armistice period,” he said.
“I commend the City of Gold Coast, veteran groups and the local community on the time and effort they have invested in having the Queensland Korean War Memorial recognised in this way.
“Their hard work and perseverance to have the Memorial recognised as a Military Memorial of National Significance is a great achievement for the City of Gold Coast, Queensland and Australia.”
Mayor Tom Tate said that this national recognition was a fitting tribute as the City valued the contribution of local veterans who played an instrumental part in securing Australia’s way of life.
“It is an honour for this significant site to now be nationally recognised, standing alongside other respected memorials in Australia,” he said.
“We have set Cascade Gardens aside as a place of reflection, remembrance and peace. It will be a drawcard for residents and visitors now, and in years to come.”