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Here are today’s developments:

Approval has been given for the first phase of the $500m redevelopment of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, reports AAP.

The National Capital Authority has given the nod for early works including the demolition of Anzac Hall.

The NCA will require that the AWM plant a minimum of an additional 250 native trees as a condition of approval for these works.

With this change noted, the NCA has concluded the proposal is not inconsistent with the National Capital Plan and the works have been approved.

The current Anzac Hall is a bespoke building that is not extendable and is no longer fit for purpose to meet the memorial’s needs to tell the stories of recent conflicts.

New galleries created will provide the space needed to share the experiences of Australians who have served in conflict and operations in places including Somalia, Rwanda, Cambodia, Solomon Islands, East Timor, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

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