Claremont war memorial to stay put – for now

The iconic war memorial in Claremont.        
The iconic war memorial in Claremont.        

DESPITE community support to move Claremont’s iconic war memorial, it will remain at its current location – for now.

Community consultation revealed that 83 per cent of ratepayers surveyed supported Claremont Council’s proposal to relocate the 93-year-old war memorial to Claremont Park.

At a meeting last week, councillors acknowledged the strong community support to move the memorial but voted to keep it beside Stirling Highway.

Councillors were divided over the item, with five votes in support of moving the memorial to Claremont Park and the other five against relocation.

Despite voting in favour of moving the memorial, Mayor Jock Barker used his casting vote to maintain the status quo and the motion to relocate it was lost.

Mr Barker said moving the memorial was “inevitable”.

Chief executive Stephen Goode said a conditional report found the memorial was deteriorating and the officer recommendation gave a chance for restoration works.

A council report with comments from ratepayers showed one respondent said the proposed site was more appropriate and would make Anzac Day ceremonies more pleasurable and less crowded.

“Tranquil and peaceful surroundings are much more conducive to quiet reflection than a bustling highway – it is a good move,” the respondent said.

A less prominent setting, vandalism and the cost of relocation were some of the ratepayers’ concerns against the move.