How are proposals for memorials to be approved under the draft policy?
When a proposal for a new memorial is received by the Council, it will be assessed for compliance by the General Manager.
Memorials with an estimated value of less than $10,000 will be reported to the Council in groups (depending on volume of applications received) two to three times per year. Memorials with an estimated value less than $10,000 can be approved or rejected by the Council without a requirement for public consultation.
Memorials with an estimated value greater than $10,000 will be assessed by the General Manager, and reported to the Council as soon as practical as they are received. Complying proposals will, with the consent of Council, be publically exhibited for a period of at least 28 days in order to receive public comment. Once a proposal has been exhibited, the results of the public exhibition will be reported back to the Council for final approval.
While the requirement to report to Council will lengthen the time required to approve a proposed memorial, it is considered important to ensure the approval process is transparent and consistent.
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