The descendants of those whose forefathers fought at Gallipoli and on the Western Front should be publicly outraged by Byron Shire Council’s decision not to recognise the WW1 Memorial Pine Park in the Terrace, Brunswick Heads as a war memorial.
It would appear that the local Brunswick-Billinudgel RSL’s executive, putting NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust’s business interests ahead of our heritage, were successful in lobbying Councillor Sarah Ndiaye and the Greens in particular, to downgrade the land and pines to a lesser status as a ‘place of reflection and remembrance’.
Already listed with the NSW State Library as a war memorial, as an Avenue of Honour with Tree-net and on the National Trust of Australia, the local RSL’s position is in opposition to the Far North Coast District Council’s unanimous vote, November 2014 to recognise avenues of trees as war memorials. At that meeting the Brunswick-Billinudgel RSL abstained from voting.
With the exception of Crs Coorey, Spooner and Hackett, councillors’ decision is an appalling indictment of how far our elected representatives have removed themselves from their constituents.
Patricia Warren, Brunswick Heads