Me­mo­rial to stay put - for now

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By CAITLIN TILLER

DE­SPITE com­mu­nity sup­port to move Clare­mont’s iconic war me­mo­rial, it will re­main at its cur­rent lo­ca­tion – for now.

Com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion re­vealed that 83 per cent of ratepay­ers sur­veyed sup­ported Clare­mont Coun­cil’s pro­posal to re­lo­cate the 93-year-old war me­mo­rial to Clare­mont Park.

At a meet­ing last week, coun­cil­lors ac­knowl­edged the strong com­mu­nity sup­port to move the me­mo­rial but voted to keep it be­side Stir­ling High­way.

Coun­cil­lors were di­vided over the item, with five votes in sup­port of mov­ing the me­mo­rial to Clare­mont Park and the other five against re­lo­ca­tion.

De­spite vot­ing in favour of mov­ing the me­mo­rial, Mayor Jock Barker used his cast­ing vote to main­tain the sta­tus quo and the mo­tion to re­lo­cate it was lost.

Mr Barker said mov­ing the me­mo­rial was “in­evitable”.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Goode said a con­di­tional re­port found the me­mo­rial was de­te­ri­o­rat­ing and the of­fi­cer rec­om­men­da­tion gave a chance for restora­tion works.

A coun­cil re­port with com­ments from ratepay­ers showed one re­spon­dent said the pro­posed site was more ap­pro­pri­ate and would make An­zac Day cer­e­monies more plea­sur­able and less crowded.

“Tran­quil and peace­ful sur­round­ings are much more con­ducive to quiet re­flec­tion than a bustling high­way – it is a good move,” the re­spon­dent said.

A less prom­i­nent set­ting, van­dal­ism and the cost of re­lo­ca­tion were some of the ratepay­ers’ con­cerns against the move.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d438793

Worth the wait: The re­de­vel­oped Bold Park Aquatic cen­tre.


The iconic war me­mo­rial in Clare­mont.

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