Road­side tributes pol­icy

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

Adopted at coun­cil’s monthly meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 16, the unan­i­mously agreed pol­icy pro­vides guide­lines on the in­stal­la­tion and re­moval of road­side memo­ri­als and tributes in ur­ban ar­eas.

The key points of coun­cil’s draft pol­icy are on Pages 3 and 4 un­der the head­ing of ‘In­stal­la­tion’. A max­i­mum pe­riod of three months will be al­lowed for small crosses or coloured posts no larger than 50cm high, 50cm wide and 30cm deep into the ground.

Crosses must not be con­creted into the ground. Flow­ers may be left at the lo­ca­tion.

Coun­cil will not per­mit small items that pose a dan­ger to wildlife. Road­side tributes must be placed at least 10 me­tres from the edge of the road and not cre­ate a distraction, such as be­ing placed on a sharp bend, il­lu­mi­nated or con­tain flu­o­res­cent ma­te­ri­als.

Con­sid­er­a­tion must be given to nearby res­i­dents when choos­ing a lo­ca­tion. Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s act­ing di­rec­tor in­fra­struc­ture and en­vi­ron­ment Steve Carmichael elab­o­rated on the pol­icy for the ben­e­fit of coun­cil­lors.

“It’s a sen­si­tive is­sue and no pleas­ing both sides,” he ad­vised coun­cil­lors.

For roads out­side of Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s con­trol, Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vices must be con­sulted and agree to road­side tributes. These roads in­clude Spring Drive, Hon­our Av­enue, Rive­rina High­way and sec­tions of Fed­er­a­tion Way.

Tributes in place prior to Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s pol­icy are out­side the scope of this pol­icy, ex­pected to be for­mally adopted at coun­cil’s Novem­ber 20 meet­ing.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s draft Road­sides Trib­ute Pol­icy is on pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion to Fri­day, Novem­ber 16.

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