The State War Memorial will be more accessible than ever for people attending the dawn service at Kings Park this Anzac Day, thanks to a new ceremonial walk.
The walk, opened yesterday by Environment Minister Donna Faragher, is a pedestrian link between the memorial, the botanic gardens and the park's tourism facilities. Traffic access to the last 230m of Fraser Avenue has been removed, creating a big public open space around the monument.
Ms Faragher said it was a fantastic development for the area. "This ceremonial walk ensures that, for the first time, we don't have a road dividing the war memorial from other areas," she said. The walk raised the area's dignity and sanctity while improving pedestrian access and safety.
"This will enhance the opportunity for people to come down on Anzac Day and be part of what is such an important ceremony for Australia and New Zealand," she said.
Returned and Services League State president Bill Gaynor was pleased with the development, which the RSL supported.
"I think we can boast, without any doubt at all, that this is the best war memorial in Australia," Mr Gaynor said.
He said removing the road made space for an extra 5000 people at the memorial precinct and stopped traffic from disrupting services. "It's giving the park back to the people," he said.The dawn service begins at 5.30am this Sunday. Mr Gaynor advised people to take public transport.