- New war memorial in London -
An Australian war memorial will be built in London`s Hyde Park, hopefully in time to be opened by Prime Minister John Howard on Remembrance Day, in November.
Defence Minister Robert Hill announced details of the memorial today after Westminster City Council approved the proposed design to honour those Australians who served in both world wars.
Hyde Park Corner in London, the proposed site
for the Australian War Memorial. Photo: DVA
However, Senator Hill sidestepped questions about whether or not Mr Howard`s retirement plans included staying on beyond November.
"I would expect it to be opened by the Australian prime minister in November," he said.
"I`m sure Mr Howard would like to open it and I have no reason to believe he won`t be opening it.
"But, then again, if he chooses otherwise that`s his decision."
Previously, Mr Howard said he would consider his future after his 64th birthday in July this year.
The Hyde Park memorial was first announced by Mr Howard and British PM Tony Blair in 2000.
Construction is now expected to begin in April with work hopefully completed in time for the November 11 ceremonies.
The design features a long, curving wall of green granite reflecting the sweep of the Australian landscape and contains the names of the battlefields superimposed on the home towns of Australian diggers.
"The striking design will enhance its location and bring a touch of the Australian landscape and character to the heart of London," Senator Hill said.
"It`s been missing for too long."
Sydney architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and artist Janet Laurence designed the memorial, which will become the focus of ANZAC Day services in London from 2004, after winning a design competition.
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