Current projects and announcements

Last updated: 
31 March 2021

In addition to the inspection, care and maintenance activities undertaken by the Office of Australian War Graves, is work on specific projects.  Works can vary, but will most often involve refurbishment, repairs or from time to time construction.

The OAWG recognises that War Cemeteries and Garden of Remembrance sites are special places for many families and apologises for any inconvenience caused as a result of works being undertaken. 

Current works

South Australian Garden of Remembrance

The South Australian Garden of Remembrance will be undergoing essential maintenance commencing 3 May 2021. Works are expected to be completed before the end of July 2021.

A recent site assessment has identified the need for repointing three walls resulting in the temporary removal of commemorative plaques from walls 15 to 17.

The garden will remain open, but fencing and reduced access to parts of the garden will remain in place until the works have been completed. Commemorative plaques from these walls have been securely stored and will be reinstated upon completion of the works.  In the interest of public safety, parts of the garden will be closed. Signage will be in place to guide visitors.

The Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG) recognises that the garden is a special place for many families and apologises for any inconvenience caused by these necessary precautions.  

OAWG is working to ensure that images of all commemorative plaques within the Garden are available online.

Further information can be obtained by emailing wargraves [at] dva.gov.au or calling 1800 VETERAN (838 3726)

Last updated: 31 March 2021

Hobart Garden of Remembrance 

A recent site assessment at the Hobart Garden of Remembrance has identified the need for significant structural remediation to the walls and grounds within the Garden. In the interest of public safety, parts of the Garden have been fenced, pending further investigation. 

The Hobart War Cemetery will remain open. Signage is in place to guide visitors.

The Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG) is working to ensure that images of all commemorative plaques within the Garden are available on the Recognition page.

Last updated 2 March 2021

Western Australia Garden of Remembrance

The Western Australian Garden of Remembrance was officially opened on 23 October 1966, but was extensively renovated and rededicated on 14 November 1997.  24 years on, it commemorates the service of more than 16,400 Australians veterans. 

Structural issues with four of the memorial walls within the garden required that they be rebuilt. Commemorative plaques were carefully removed from the walls and securely stored on site during the works. 

We wish to advise most plaques have been returned to their original locations and a small number of plaques have been installed in a new location.

The Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG) is working to ensure that images of all commemorative plaques and locations within the Garden are available online

The OAWG recognises that the Western Australian Garden is a special place for many families and apologises for any inconvenience caused by these necessary works.

For more information or to update your contact details please email wargraves [at] dva.gov.au or call 1800 VETERAN (838 3726)

Last updated 31 March 2021

Liverpool Pioneers’ Memorial Park

The Office of Australian War Graves has been supporting the Liverpool City Council with the refurbishment and interpretation of the Liverpool Pioneers’ Memorial Park. Works are expected to be completed by mid-2021.

Last updated 2 March 2021