A National Memorial is to be built at Perth's Elizabeth Quay in remembrance for those lost on MH370 in 2014.
The Australian Government and the Western Australian Government announced the establishment of a National Memorial in Perth in 2014 and has now release a tender for expression of interest for its construction.
On 8 March 2017 at a National Memorial Service in Brisbane to mark the third anniversary of the aircraft’s disappearance, the Hon Darren Chester MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport again announced plans to design and construct a permanent memorial in Perth. Perth was selected as the city for the national memorial due to proximity to the Indian Ocean.
Both the Western Australian Government and the Australian Government are funding the memorial. Many of the relatives of those lost have welcomed the announcement, however some believe that a memorial is not appropriate given that the flight has not yet been found.
It is intended that the memorial be a fitting monument to the passengers and crew of the missing flight. Consideration will be given to the possibility that the aircraft may be found in the future.
The intended location, The Island at Elizabeth Quay provides an appropriate site due to its proximity to water and ease of access for visitors. The specific location on the lower southern edge of the island, detailed below, provides a quiet and contemplative place that has a panoramic view of the Swan River and Kings Park.
The tender for expressions of interest must be submitted by Wednesday 31 January 2018.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March 2014, with 239 people on board, including 227 passengers and 12 crew.
At the request of Malaysia, Australia led the underwater search for MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. Malaysia, Australia and the People’s Republic of China had a verbal agreement to take all significant decisions regarding the search together as a tripartite.
The suspension of the search was announced in a joint communique by all three countries on 17 January 2017 after the completion of the 120,000 square kilometre search area. With the completion of the search area, the entire highest probability area identified by expert analysis has been searched.
Despite best efforts being undertaken, coupled with the best science available, cutting-edge technology, as well as modelling and advice from highly skilled professionals from around the world, unfortunately the search has not located the missing aircraft.
Malaysia has overall responsibility for the investigation of the disappearance of MH370 and it will continue to lead the investigation and any future search activities.
Australia has completed its role in leading the underwater search activities but remains hopeful that at some point in the future the aircraft will be located. Thoughts remain with the families and friends of all 239 people on board the missing aircraft.
A National Memorial Service for the next of kin of the Australian families on board the aircraft was hosted by the then Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Darren Chester MP in Brisbane on 8 March 2017, the 3rd anniversary of the disappearance of MH370.
On 30 March 2014, the former Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, established the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) to coordinate the Australian Government's support for the search into missing flight MH370. This includes ensuring that families and friends and the general public are informed about the progress of the search for MH370.
The JACC continues to coordinate with the governments of Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China to provide all next of kin with the latest information in regard to activities related to MH370.
The JACC has been supported in its role by officers from both Commonwealth and Western Australian agencies, including the Western Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Geoscience Australia, Department of Defence, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and many more.
Despite the suspension of the search, the JACC continues to operate at its Canberra base in the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, and remains an Australian point of contact for MH370 issues.
Image: Elizabeth Quay, Perth WA. Photography Lofty Visions from TCL.