Thank you to everyone who joined the discussion regarding the proposed Immigration Place monument between 2 May and 14 June 2012. The consultation report is now available at the bottom of this page.
Celebrate the contribution of immigrants to Australia’s past, present and future. Immigrants have played a central role in the political, social and economic life of Australia since 1788, and we want to celebrate the ways they have enriched our community and culture.
Immigration Place Australia (IPA) is an incorporated not-for-profit organisation. Click here for more information on IPA. [External Link]
The consultation is now closed. Further information on the consultation, including the Have Your Say comments on proposed site, design and commemorative intent can be found below.
The Canberra National Memorials Committee (CNMC) has approved a site adjacent to East Block (National Archives of Australia) in the Parliamentary Zone for the development of an Immigration Monument.
Caption: The approved site of Immigration Place
IPA's vision is to create a significant national monument, called Immigration Place, within Canberra’s Parliamentary Zone, close to the other landmark sites and buildings which speak of Australia’s past and future.
Immigration Place will become a place for all Australians to meet and reflect on our immigrant past and the contribution migrants have made to the diversity, significance, culture and changing values of Australia. It will also actively engage visitors, encouraging them to search for, and locate their names, those of family and friends and read the many stories of migration.
The NCA has already advised IPA that the design of Immigration Place must:
- respect and complement the existing landscape, built environment and context of the area; and
- take careful account of all heritage values of the area. These include, but are not limited to, those set out in the Parliament House Vista Heritage Management Plan.
IPA are required to obtain CNMC approval of their design brief before conducting a design competition.
IPA are asking the community to help identify important issues to be considered and addressed in preparing the design brief.
Comments are now closed.
The NCA will prepare a report on the public consultation. The report will be provided to IPA to guide the development of a design brief for use in a future design competition. The consultation report will also be published on this website and will be provided to the CNMC as part of any advice from the NCA.
The CNMC will be asked to approve the design brief and the conduct of a design competition. IPA expects to seek this approval in the second half of 2012.
At completion of the design competition, the NCA will:
- undertake or commission an assessment of the heritage impact of the winning design. The assessment will consider all known heritage values associated with the site. This will include, but not be limited to, assessment against the formal heritage values of the Parliament House Vista (included on the Commonwealth Heritage List). The heritage assessment will be provided to the CNMC as part of any advice from the NCA; and
- undertake or commission an assessment of the feasibility and cost of constructing Immigration Place and provide that assessment to the CNMC as part of any advice from the NCA.
The CNMC will make the final decision about the design/character of Immigration Place. The timing of any such consideration is dependent on the completion of the above assessments. It is likely that the CNMC would be asked to consider this matter early in 2013. The NCA is not currently represented in the membership of the CNMC. The NCA will serve the CNMC in a secretariat and advisory capacity only.