Site built and maintained by Graham Freeman for the Forum Steering Committee
Welcome to the Lake War Memorials Forum website. We've created it to give Australians an opportunity to express their views about the proposal to build two large war memorials on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.
This website is intended to expose this proposal to the open, democratic scrutiny it has so far evaded. The proponents of these memorials to the two world wars claim that they have complied with 'due process' in obtaining approvals from official agencies. They have certainly secured the backing of powerful individuals in politics and government. What they have not done is to be open with the people of Australia about their plans and their implications.
The website presents various expressions of opinion and information about the proposal, both for and against - but mostly against, since a lot more people seem to disagree with it than support it. It gives you a chance to read and judge for yourself whether these memorials are justified, and an opportunity to have your say.
The proponents of these memorials argue that they will enable Australians to commemorate the two world wars and their effects on Australia. That's important, of course. But whether these memorials are the right ways to remember in the right place is very much an open question; or ought to be. This forum lets you say so.
This website is the result of a diverse group of people coming together after finding that they oppose the memorials - but for a variety of reasons. Indeed, it is notable that people of very different persuasions are opposed to them. Why?
This is the current view of Anzac Parade
and this is what the proposers say it will look like if the memorials are built
A report on the public meeting held on March 23 2011 at Albert Hall is available.
This site was officially launched at a ceremony at St John's Church, Reid, on 2 February 2011.