Trib­utes pol­icy im­ple­mented

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY EMMA PRIOR

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.

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