War Memorial calls for sector feedback as Parliament supports development go-ahead

The Australian War Memorial’s planned redevelopment has been plagued by criticism, but even as it calls for sector feedback, the Federal Parliament has greenlit the next phase of its expansion.

Consecutive statements this week, issued by the Australian War Memorial (AWM), would indicate that despite controversy over the past 18-months in regard to its planned $498 million expansion, plans are storming ahead.

A statement released on 4 March reads: ‘The Joint Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works (PWC) has supported the need, scope, cost, purpose and value-for money of the proposed work.’

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina