Tributes policy implemented
Losing a family member is always a tough time in a family’s life and loved ones often like to have some form of tribute or commemoration for their beloved.
At Moira Shire Council’s October ordinary meeting council passed the Moira Shire Memorials and Plaques Policy.
The purpose of the policy is to provide a framework for the consideration and installation of plaques and memorials in the Moira Shire.
The Moira Shire Council agenda report states that council recognise that members of the community may wish to use public or open space to commemorate a person or group of people or event.
It also states the policy encompasses the various types of memorials and plaques for which Moira Shire receives requests and provides criteria to enable council officers to adequately assess and manage applications in a timely manner.
The main objective of the policy is to provide guidelines and an equitable decisionmaking approach for applications received from community groups, individuals and Moira Shire Council; and an agreed management of informal roadside memorials on council managed roadside reserves.
The policy will include the following types of memorials:
Plaques, memorial / commemorative trees and plantings, roadside memorials, heritage recognition markers, war memorials, historical commemorative/ memorial plaques, statues, sculptures and other memorials, bequests, burial of pets on public reserves.
This policy will also provide the community with guidance on how to formally apply for a memorial or plaque to be installed on council managed land and provide the mandate for removal or remediation of plaques or memorials in specific situations.
All councillors voted in favour of the policy with each commenting what a progressive move it is by council and within reason, how important it can be for families who are grieving.
“This is a positive step forward for the Shire,” Cr Kevin Bourke said.
“We have moved with the times in this decision and it’s great that we’ve recognised that sometimes people prefer within reason another place that holds meaning to the family, (to commemorate their loved one)” Cr Marie Martin added.
“I fully endorse this plaques policy especially with my involvement with the Yarrawonga Mulwala Men’s shed where we get a lot of requests for benches to be put around the lake as memorials.” Cr Peter Mansfield said.
Approved plaques, memorials and monuments will be required to be suitable to the proposed location, contribute to the design and function of the building or setting and conserve the cultural character and natural environment of the building and space.
Lastly the agenda report states, the community, when considering a plaque or a memorial, is encouraged to plant memorial trees in recognition of loved ones. The policy outlines that under no circumstances are plaques or memorials to be attached to vegetation or other living things.
Moira Shire Council has approved the development of a formal policy framework for the consideration and installation of plaques and memorials.