A new memorial for fallen Queensland Police officers will be located in Brisbane’s Botanical Gardens, it has been revealed.
The new location comes after the existing memorial was decommissioned to make way for the Queen’s Wharf redevelopment.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was only fitting that the new monument be located in a peaceful place easily accessible to family and friends of fallen officers.
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“In consultation with the Queensland Police Union, police, the Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Heritage Council, a new police memorial will be built in the Gardens,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Whenever we’re in real strife, it’s usually the strong arm of a Queenslander that pulls you out of it, and more often than not they’re wearing a blue shirt with a badge that says ‘with honour we serve’.
“This memorial is to honour them, their families and their colleagues. It’s the least we can do to show our respect, admiration and thanks.”
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said he welcomed the QHC recommendation to install the memorial in the Gardens.
“Establishing a new permanent police memorial in the gardens is very important to the Queensland Police Service, its members and their families,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“This will be a fitting location for family members, colleagues and the community to honour and pay their respects to fallen QPS members.”