Veterans to play key role in Development Project

29 November 2019

Veterans will be engaged on the early works of the Australian War Memorial’s Development Project, with construction company Lendlease announced as the head contractor for the extension of the Poppy’s Café car park.

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the extension works will see Lendlease partner with its subcontractors and organisations such as Veterans in Construction to complete the project.

“I am encouraged that Lendlease will be working with veterans to ensure those who have served are part of upgrading the Memorial,” he said.

“Telling their contemporary story of service and sacrifice will help our nation understand and appreciate the role they have played in war, peacemaking and peacekeeping across the globe in the past 30 years and it is fitting that these veterans will be able to be a direct part of the works that will help tell their own stories to the nation.”

The car park extension will include an extended permanent underground car park for visitors, and is expected to take about eight months to complete.

Lendlease General Manager ACT Ben Owen said he was honoured to deliver the first stage of the Memorial Development Project.

“In our role as building contractor for the extension of the Poppy’s Café car park, Lendlease has committed to ensure veterans are engaged on the project,” he said.

“Veterans bring extraordinary technical skills and experience and we are excited to leverage this in the delivery of this important project.”