MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is considering allowing families and friends to erect memorials to their deceased loved ones in public places.
The shire is asking for public comment on the temporary roadside memorials of crosses and flowers as well as more permanent structures, such as benches, trees and art works.
A news release issued by the shire stated that memorials provided “comfort in having a place to visit” and that public memorials were seen as “a tribute to someone who meant a lot to them”.
In the lead-up to updating public memorials policy the shire is inviting comment on:
- Should members of the community have the opportunity to place a memorial in a public open space.
- What types of memorials should be considered as the shire is proposing to limit memorials to bench seats, trees, public art work and war memorials.
- Should roadside memorials should be limited to flowers and crosses or other religious symbols?
The deadline for comments on the memorials policy is Tuesday 22 February online at mornpen.vic.gov.au/publicmemorials or pick up a survey form at one of the shire’s customer service centres.