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Major general Steve Gower AO reappointed as Australian War Memorial director.

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Minister for Veterans' Affairs Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence

Thursday, 30 November 2006 VA150


The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Billson, today announced the reappointment of Steve Gower as Director of the Australian War Memorial for a further two years.

Mr Billson said Mr Gower’s current term expires on 28 February 2007 and following the endorsement of the Council of the Australian War Memorial he was pleased to announce his reappointment.

“During his 11 years as Director of the Memorial, Mr Gower has presided over significant improvements to this important Australian cultural icon, including the redevelopment of 60 per cent of its permanent galleries,” he said.

“The Memorial’s achievements during his tenure include the construction of Anzac Hall, an innovative exhibition space, as a Centenary of Federation project, and the opening of the CEW Bean Building in April this year to house the Memorial’s research centre, volunteers and staff.

“I am delighted he can stay on to complete the current major project of redeveloping new post 1945 galleries which particularly involve Korea, Vietnam and peacekeeping.”

Mr Billson said Steve Gower had made a significant contribution in both the museum and tourism sectors as Chair of the Council of Australian Directors for four years, being on the Museum Management Board of the International Council of Museums and as a board member of the former Australian Capital Tourism Corporation. He was honoured for his contribution at the 2005 ACT Tourism Awards.

As a former career soldier, Steve Gower saw active service in South Vietnam during 1966-67 and had served as Assistant Chief of the Australian Defence Force for Logistics and Personnel.

“The Australian War Memorial is one of our most important cultural institutions which provides a national focus for commemorating the service and sacrifice of Australian veterans, as well as furthering understanding of our nation’s wartime past,” Mr Billson said.

“I have confidence in the ability and commitment of Mr Gower to continue to provide clear direction to further build on the Memorial’s excellent work and worldwide reputation as a commemorative and education centre of the highest order,” he said.

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