Message from the Mayor - 20 November 2020

This week’s livestreamed council meeting was again a great success. Thanks to all of you who tuned in to hear about the decisions being made for our shire.

At this meeting, I raised a Mayoral Minute regarding the relocation and restoration of the Boer War Memorial Alexander Eagleton Gates to the main Cenotaph – Soldier’s Memorial in Grey Street, Clarence Town.

Council resolved to relocate the gates prior to ANZAC Day 2021 and to support the concept of a community-led ceremony at the relocated gates to commemorate Boer War Day in May 2021, subject to any Public Health Order requirements.

This relocation follows extensive community and departmental consultation and is due to the impact of the upgrade of Clarence Town sporting facilities on the current location, as well as concerns about the condition of the gates being no longer fit-for purpose as functional entry gates.

Following consultation with NSW Veterans Affairs by the Clarence Town ANZAC Committee in 2018, it was recommended a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) be produced for all three War Memorials in Clarence Town. The Committee subsequently received a grant for that purpose and the CMP was adopted by council at its ordinary meeting of 22 April 2020.

This year, the Committee was successful in obtaining an additional grant of $8,800 from NSW Veterans Affairs for restoration of the Gates. The application also included contributory funding from council and the community towards a review into the relocation of the gates from their current location.

I would like to acknowledge the Clarence Town ANZAC Committee for all of their work on this issue and look forward to the successful relocation and restoration of this significant memorial.

Council will be writing to NSW Veterans Affairs to advise them of the outcome of the review, which is the widely-supported relocation of the gates.

For any comments, feedback or community issues you would like to raise, I am always contactable via phone 4995 7777 or email shirecouncil@dungog.nsw.gov.au I look forward to hearing from you.

We’re all in this together.

JOHN CONNORS
Mayor

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