Current projects and announcements

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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.

Temporary closure of Kembla Grange War Cemetery 

A truck carrying asphalt has rolled into the Kembla Grange War Cemetery spilling its load into part of the cemetery. 

Established in 1942, the Kembla Grange War Cemetery contains the graves of 10 Australian Army personnel and one British Royal Navy seaman.  None of these commemorations have been damaged by this incident. 

The cemetery will be temporarily closed to visitors while OAWG works with local authorities to remove the asphalt and rectify damage to the cemetery fence, garden and irrigation system.

The Office of Australian War Graves, who manages the cemetery on behalf of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, apologises for any inconvenience caused to those wishing to visit the cemetery. 

Further enquiries can be made by email to wargraves [at] dva.gov.au or by calling 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 3726)

Current works

Adelaide River War Cemetery, Northern Territory

Essential irrigation work, including the replacement of an ageing irrigation system at the Cemetery will commence on Monday, 5 July. The cemetery will remain open to visitors for the 2-3 weeks that the work is being undertaken.

During this time, visitors may be prevented from accessing some sections of the cemetery. The Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG) staff and contractors will work to minimise interruption to visitor access where possible.

Damage to the turf areas will be kept to a minimum and OAWG’s horticulturalists will work to ensure that the site recovers quickly. The new system will provide a more even water coverage, resulting in greater water usage efficiencies.

Established in 1947, the Adelaide River War Cemetery contains 435 commonwealth burials of the second world war. The OAWG recognises the war cemetery is a special place for many families and apologises for any inconvenience caused by these necessary works.

For more information, please email wargraves [at] dva.gov.au or call 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372)

Last updated: 1 July 2021

The Geraldton War Cemetery, Western Australia

Temporary fencing has been erected at the Geraldton War Cemetery in Western Australia.

The cemetery will remain open, however in the interests of public safety, access to parts of the cemetery will be restricted while the OAWG works to rectify damage caused by recent rain.

OAWG recognises that the cemetery is a special place for many families and apologises for any inconvenience caused by these necessary precautions.

Information about the Geraldton War Cemetery, including the names of those commemorated within it are available online at the Commonwealth War Graves website.

Further information can be obtained by emailing wargraves [at] dva.gov.au or calling 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372)

Last updated: 5 May 2021

Evans Heads War Cemetery, New South Wales

The Evans Heads War Cemetery in New South Wales, will be undergoing necessary refurbishment works commencing 3 May 2021.

Works are expected to be completed by the end of July 2021.

The cemetery will remain open, however in the interests of public safety, access to parts of the War Cemetery may be restricted whilst works are being carried out. Signage will be in place to guide visitors. The Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG) will endeavour to minimise the impact that these necessary works have on visitors to the site.

OAWG recognises that the cemetery 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 headstones within the cemetery are available online at https://www.dva.gov.au/commemoration.

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

Last updated: 30 April 2021

South Australian Garden of Remembrance, South Australia

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 (1800 838 372)

Last updated: 31 March 2021

Hobart Garden of Remembrance, Tasmania

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 Australian Garden of Remembrance, Western Australia

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 (1800 838 372)

Last updated 31 March 2021

Liverpool Pioneers’ Memorial Park, New South Wales

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

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