Gallipoli upgrades finished before Anzac Day

Anzac Cove has been the site of controversial roadworks and building projects over the past few years. File photo / NZ Herald
Anzac Cove has been the site of controversial roadworks and building projects over the past few years. File photo / NZ Herald

Works to protect the Gallipoli coastline from further erosion are set to be completed in time for Anzac Day commemorations.

Crucial preservation work has been undertaken by the Turkish government to ensure Anzac Cove is protected from coastal erosion.

A sea wall has been constructed along the back of the beach, linking existing walls on neighbouring Brighton and North beaches.

The Anafartlar Road above Anzac Cove also has been upgraded.

The final stage of the work, landscaping and revegetating the area, is underway and will be ready for Anzac Day commemorations on April 25.

"Without this work it was likely to deteriorate further and put at risk parts of the battlefields,'' Australia's Veterans Affairs Minister Warren Snowdon said in a statement.

The works were carried out under the supervision of the Turkish authorities, with staff from the Australian embassy and consul in Canakkale monitoring progress.

The government had been assured the work was undertaken with the upmost care and consideration for the significance of the site.

"The work will ensure that Anzac Cove is preserved and protected for the people of Turkey, Australia and New Zealand who visit each year and for many years to come,'' Mr Snowdon said.

Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard will attend this year's commemorations.

- AAP

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