I believe the majority of Town of Bassendean residents are happy with the creation of a civic garden with the war memorial as a focal point.
May I also remind dissenters that the move of the memorial had ‘full’ council support and being an elected council they do have the mandate to move the memorial.
It has been moved before, so why is this move considered disrespectful?
Despite the conveners delivering leaflets informing residents of a special meeting to oppose the move called just before the council election, attendance was poor (about 45 people), leading me to believe this was not a burning issue for Bassendean residents.
I once also believed that the memorial should remain where it is. Yet I came to the understanding that a civic garden would serve Bassendean very well with amalgamation nipping at our heels.
A newly created spacious garden with the memorial would outlast the amalgamation and would indeed serve to attract others to our town.
The location is open and easily found. I doubt that an amalgamation of councils would consider keeping the memorial as it is, tucked away in its present confined spot.
It would make sense for the newly created council, of which Bassendean will become part, to hold Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and Vietnam Remembrance Day ceremonies at this new spacious venue.
This much larger venue could cater for a greater number of people, including both the disabled and the less abled; something that is lacking at present.
I think it is time to stop the arguing and the dress-up protests and get behind the new civic garden with the memorial.
What a wonderful and fitting place to reflect on our freedom in this country and those who really made it possible.
To me that is not being disrespectful.