New pol­icy on ex­hi­bi­tion

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

A draft pol­icy ad­dress­ing the is­sue of pri­vate memo­ri­als be­ing in­stalled in pub­lic spa­ces is now on ex­hi­bi­tion with Tweed res­i­dents in­vited to pro­vide com­ment.

The Draft Pri­vate Memo­ri­als in Pub­lic Parks and Nat­u­ral Ar­eas Pol­icy would, in its cur­rent form, see memo­rial plaques which have been placed in ar­eas such as head­lands and parks with­out Coun­cil per­mis­sion be re­moved.

The pol­icy would still al­low for in­di­vid­u­als who have made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the Tweed com­mu­nity to be memo­ri­alised with plaques or other mon­u­ments with Coun­cil ap­proval.

Tweed Shire Coun­cil Di­rec­tor Com­mu­nity and Cul­tural Ser­vices Tracey St­inson said the Draft Pol­icy is an im­por­tant step to­wards es­tab­lish­ing con­sis­tency.

"While at this time we are talk­ing about rel­a­tively few mon­u­ments we are aware it is im­por­tant to ad­dress this is­sue be­fore it be­comes a more com­mon prac­tice," Ms St­inson said.

"WE do un­der­stand peo­pleõs wish to memo­ri­alise loved ones how­ever to en­sure eq­uity and con­sis­tency in how this is man­aged there needs to be an ap­proval process.

"There are a large num­ber of peo­ple, both res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to our shire, who wish to en­joy the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment in an un­al­tered state and al­low­ing these memo­ri­als to spread across these much loved nat­u­ral ar­eas is not ap­pro­pri­ate.

"There are many ways to cre­ate a memo­rial where it will not be an is­sue for oth­ers in­clud­ing planting a tree or gar­den or some sort of trib­ute on pri­vate prop­erty."

Road­side trib­utes are cov­ered by a sep­a­rate pol­icy which al­lows them as long as they are reg­u­larly main­tained and will not be af­fected by this Draft Pol­icy.

The Draft Pol­icy has been placed on ex­hi­bi­tion for 60 days, dur­ing which time any­one is wel­come to make a com­ment which will be con­sid­ered prior to a fi­nal pol­icy be­ing adopted.

To re­view the pol­icy visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au and click on the On Ex­hi­bi­tion link.

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