Let Sydney memorial be
I would like to comment on the proposed additions to the HMAS Sydney II memorial (Memorial toilets design “wrong”, 29/09).
I have been able to visit many battlefields, war memorials and military museums around the world. I am very proud to say that Geraldton’s HMAS Sydney II memorial is world class.
Economically, the memorial has brought tremendous benefits to the Mid West. I know many people who have travelled to Geraldton just to see it.
As a founding board member of Australia’s Coral Coast, I know that 15 years ago the WA Tourist Commission calculated that if a tourist stayed a night in a town they spent on average about $100 a day — this figure would be far greater today.
With an estimated 60,000 visitors to the site since July, the memorial is a very important tourist attraction for the Mid West.
The actions by the City of Greater Geraldton council not to follow the Burra convention nor consult the advisory committee and to deviate from the original design of the world-class memorial is morally wrong and ill advised. The City’s lack of knowledge of the matter in that they have in “their design” a World War I cruiser to depict the World War II HMAS Sydney II is testimony to this.