New policy on exhibition
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.