In May 2011, funding was provided for the design and construction of a national memorial in Canberra to honour and pay tribute to working Australians who have died as a result of work-related accidents, incidents and disease.
The National Workers Memorial serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of work health and safety and the need for a determined and continued effort by all to prevent work-related accidents and disease. It is also a place to reflect on the evolving values, ideas and aspirations of the Australian community in relation to work health and safety.
The Memorial provides a place for visitors to lay a tribute for a loved one, a location to pause and reflect within earshot of the National Carillon’s bells, as well as allowing a space for congregation, interaction and ceremony.
The National Workers Memorial was officially opened on 28 April 2013 and provides an important focal point for the commemoration of Workers’ Memorial Day, recognised internationally on 28 April each year.
The Workers Glade
The Memorial is located in Kings Park in Canberra on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin across from the National Carillon.
Kings Park forms part of the Canberra Central Parklands which are nationally significant because of their place in the Griffin Plan and for their unique blending of commemorative and natural landscapes. The Memorial site is set into the side of an elevated area overlooking Aspen Island and Lake Burley Griffin among a planting of Eurabbie or Blue Gums (Eucalyptus Bicostata).
From the lakeside a forested pathway climbs beside an open terrace. The Memorial is glimpsed through the trees, nestled quietly into the hillside. A new space is created, the Workers’ Glade, by additional mass plantings of red and yellow box (Eucalyptus Melliodora and Eucalyptus Polyanthermos). At the end of the path is an interpretive panel which introduces the Memorial’s purpose with drawings and text.
Emerging from the new forest, the visitor encounters a natural swale, crossed via a bridge flanked by fragrant rosemary hedges (Rosmaninus Officianus). Visitors are invited to pick a sprig of rosemary to make a tribute at the Memorial or leave a token of remembrance.
Location of the National Workers Memorial
The Memorial is located at the southern end of Wendouree Drive, near Kings Avenue Bridge in Kings Park, across from the National Carillon and Aspen Island.
Parking, including disabled parking, can be found along Wendouree Drive within walking distance of the Memorial.
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