Federation Council’s three month policy
Federation Council’s draft Roadsides Tribute Policy, which recommends a period of three months, is on public exhibition to Friday, November 16.
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. LMCT 1882