War of words over who is re­spon­si­ble for fix­ing An­zac foun­tain P3

Tweed Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - Ais­ling Bren­nan ais­ling.bren­nan@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

TWEED Heads’ main me­mo­rial foun­tain is no longer a bub­bling source of An­zac pride as the RSL and coun­cil dis­agree over who is re­spon­si­ble for its up­keep.

Usu­ally the key fea­ture of An­zac Day cer­e­monies, the Chris Cun­ning­ham Park foun­tain next to the Twin Towns Ser­vices Club hasn’t flowed with wa­ter in months. Tweed res­i­dent Brad Clare said he be­lieved it was dis­re­spect­ful that the foun­tain wasn’t in op­er­a­tion through­out the year.

“The foun­tain should op­er­ate all year round as a re­spect to the vet­er­ans and it would make the me­mo­rial a more at­trac­tive area, rather than have a de­funct, quite un­sightly dis­used foun­tain in the vicin­ity,” Mr Clare said.

“I feel both the RSL and coun­cil have a duty to main­tain the foun­tain as it’s on coun­cil land and the RSL has a re­spon­si­bil­ity as it’s a me­mo­rial to the An­zac and vet­er­ans, who the RSL is sup­posed to sup­port and rep­re­sent. I be­lieve (Twin Towns) is one of the wealth­i­est clubs in the coun­try. They’re al­ways do­ing it up with new car­pets and lights and throw­ing money ev­ery­where ex­cept the right place.”

He said if the foun­tain couldn’t be fixed coun­cil and the RSL should pro­vide some­thing more ap­pro­pri­ate.

“Even if it wasn’t run­ning 24 hours a day ... at least have wa­ter in it to make it at­trac­tive,” he said. “Oth­er­wise it should be moved. They could even put a rose gar­den here.”

The Tweed Heads and Coolan­gatta RSL sub-branch and the Tweed Shire Coun­cil said none of them owned the foun­tain.

RSL sub branch pres­i­dent Joe Rus­sell said he would meet coun­cil on Mon­day to dis­cuss the foun­tain.

“The foun­tain has ma­jor prob­lems with wa­ter leak­ing un­der the ground,” he said. “We will know more af­ter this meet­ing.”

Coun­cil’s unit co-or­di­na­tor of recre­ation ser­vices Matt Mccann said the foun­tain, which was built by the RSL, was in need of se­ri­ous work.

“It is in poor con­di­tion with a num­ber of leaks, which has led to it only be­ing turned on dur­ing spe­cial cer­e­monies such as An­zac Day,” he said. “The meet­ing will dis­cuss op­tions for re­vi­tal­is­ing the foun­tain or other op­tions for al­ter­na­tive me­mo­ri­als if that proves too costly.“

PHOTO: Daniel Mcken­zie

RE­SPECT: A sol­dier stand­ing guard over the foun­tain salutes as hun­dreds watch on at An­zac Day Dawn Ser­vice at Tweed Heads.


DIS­RE­PAIR: Brad Clare wants to see the An­zac me­mo­rial foun­tain switched back on at Chris Cun­ning­ham Park, and IN­SET: Dig­gers re­flec­tions are shown on the foun­tain’s wa­ter at last year’s An­zac ser­vice.

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