Let Syd­ney memo­rial be

Geraldton Guardian - - Opinion - Ian Stiles, Jurien Bay

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.

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