Response to Courier Mail – National Australian Freedom Wall Brisbane
The Freedom Wall was a community proposal supported and sponsored through the Brisbane City Council as one of many projects submitted to the Federal Government as part of the ‘Australia Remembers 1945 - 1995’ the national commemoration program for the 50th anniversary for the end of the Second World War.
It was provided $300,000 as part of the Federal Government’s commemorative grants program at that time, however, one of the conditions of the commemorative grants program was that projects and events did not require or seek ongoing federal funding for management, operating or maintenance costs. Each grant was considered a gift towards each project or event with no conditions of federal government ownership or responsibility.
Any proposals for future upgrades, additions/changes would need to be sent to the Brisbane City Council.
On background for information
The Lord Mayor of Brisbane released a Master Plan (PDF 3.2 MB) in 2018 for the future of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Precinct.
You can contact the Brisbane City Council regarding the Freedom Wall by telephone (07) 3403 8888 or by on-line submission.
The Freedom Wall is not a war memorial. It has been built not only to honour those servicemen and women who gave their lives in all theatres of war but also to honour all who were involved, including the millions of civilians who played their part in maintaining Australia’s freedom. This wall is a symbol of freedom. All up 16,000 brass plaques have been placed on the walls by family, friends, and community members in memory of those who fought for and supported their country.
The Office of Australian War Graves continues to support the Queensland Botanical Gardens at Mt Coot-tha in responding to their requests for advice and support on the style, placement and maintenance of plaques on the Freedom Wall.