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A roadside memorials policy

By johnboy - 13 September 2010 40

The Chiefly Stanhope has announced a policy on roadside memorials which is also online.

Whether grieving bogans will take a blind bit of notice remains debateable. In our post christian era, stripped of time proven grief mechanisms, the new paganism of sacrificial offerings at the site of deaths is a powerful thing.

The policy is:

    • The ACT Government will allow roadside memorials to be placed in public areas it manages subject to the approval of the family and relatives of the deceased. Approval to allow roadside memorials on national land would be considered by the National Capital Authority, the responsible land manager.

    • Acknowledging that the death of a loved one as a result of a motor vehicle crash can be very traumatic, the ACT Government through Roads ACT will as required facilitate discussions between affected parties and provide advice in the nature of roadside memorials to be permitted.

    • The views of residents adjacent to any proposal roadside memorial should be sought and respected by those responsible for placing the memorials.

    • Should there be conflicting views between affected parties, Roads ACT will facilitate discussions and will identify a location and type of roadside memorial that takes into consideration the views raised within the overall policy position that the ACT Government will permit the installation of roadside memorial on public land it manages.

    • Roadside memorials can be placed at a location on a permanent basis subject to them being maintained in a tidy and aesthetic condition that poses no hazard to the public in the view of Roads ACT. The ACT Government will remove roadside memorials that pose a safety hazard or are not maintained. Roads ACT will endeavour to contact the relatives of the deceased person prior to the roadside memorial being removed unless it poses an urgent safety hazard to the public.

    • The ACT Government will also remove any signs or other fixtures that is considers insensitive or offensive.

    • In general, roadside memorials can consist of:
    — A small floral display and or ground plaque of durable materials such as stone, concrete or cast metals.
    — small structures no greater than 1.0m high, comprising timber; stone; concrete or metal installed in a manner that does not pose any safety hazard to the public in the views of Roads ACT.
    — Covering an area of no more than 4 square metres.

    • Impacts on underground services will need to be investigated and the person responsible for placing the roadside memorials are encouraged to discuss the details of the roadside memorials with Roads ACT in the first instance. Roads ACT will assist in identifying information on any underground services.

    • The initial point of contact for Roadside Memorials within Roads ACT will be the person performing the role of Director, Roads ACT who can be contacted by calling Canberra Connect on telephone number 13 12 81.

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Ko. 12:57 pm 29 Sep 10

They have just removed a lot of the RIP Mully artworks and the fantastic mag wheel exhibition.

I wonder which lucky TAMS worker trophied the mag.

*checks all allclassifieds*

Madman 4:25 pm 18 Sep 10

Ummm…. the policy doesn’t state anything about if the memorial needs to be removed due to road expansion etc etc…

Davo111 10:15 pm 13 Sep 10

Jethro said :

It does seem that the size of the memorial is in inverse proportion to the size of the loss suffered by society.

<3 +1

barking toad 10:14 pm 13 Sep 10

I’d like it if the mayor would legislate against us punters paying for inanities such as “u text u b next”.

Davo111 10:08 pm 13 Sep 10

i think the rules are still too lenient. You should get a plaque about 15cm * 10cm stuck to the nearest telegraph poll. And there should be a rule, after 2 weeks, no more flowers are allowed at the site.

Mr Evil 10:01 pm 13 Sep 10

Personally, I think all roadside memorials should be ripped up and dumped – but only because I think that most are placed there for all the wrong reasons: “Look at me, look at me, me, me – I’m upset that me bestie dieded!”.

But, since my ‘heartless’ view will no doubt offend someone and make them cry; maybe there should be a time limit placed on how long you can commemorate Jaesun, Teehghan, Muleesha or Aschleigh with a roadside memorial? I think three months, then move them on.

Jethro 9:34 pm 13 Sep 10

It does seem that the size of the memorial is in inverse proportion to the size of the loss suffered by society. Mully’s memorial is/was? a monument that is rumored to be visible from space. The memorial of innocent victims tends to be smaller and more sedate.

Two people I went to primary school with died in car accidents years after we went to school together. One got coked up and ran a red light whilst riding a motorbike at twice the speed limit. The other one was killed when she was in the passenger seat of a car that was hit by another car that didn’t give way at an intersection. One of these people had big graffiti walls and memorials made in their honour. The other had a small bunch of flowers placed at the scene of the accident. I’ll leave it to you to figure out who got which memorial.

dr phil 9:27 pm 13 Sep 10

They are good if you forget to get flowers for a special someone, most of them are only a stone throw away and beats having to drive to a florist and die on the way….

“Just joking”

I don’t get her flowers.

Pandy 9:17 pm 13 Sep 10

If the meorial includes a light or Teddies, I am taking a sledge hammer to it.

Empty bourban cans are OK butt.

clp 8:18 pm 13 Sep 10

In South Australia they (used to not sure if still do) have a way of marking all road deaths with a black cross – it serves to highlight traffic black spots.

My brother was killed riding his bike and there is no way we would have wanted some memorial at the site of his death. I can understand friends/family putting flowers at the site of an accident when it first happens but not something in perpetuity.

justin heywood 8:02 pm 13 Sep 10

I have two points:

– roadside memorials aren’t always to the Mully Williams of this world. Some (many) of them are set up by grieving parents. Most are quite unobtrusive and if they distract you, then…you are too easily distracted.

– the RiotAct obsession with detecting Boganism on every corner has a distinct Hyacinth Bouquet flavour to it. People are often obsessed with the things they doubt most in themselves.

bazinga 7:24 pm 13 Sep 10

p1 said :

That or a Viking funeral. Load them in the back of a commodore ute, and push them across the border into Queanbeyan.

+1 😀

Postalgeek 5:50 pm 13 Sep 10

p1 said :

That or a Viking funeral. Load them in the back of a commodore ute, and push them across the border into Queanbeyan.

I assume the ute would be set alight before shunting it across the border? I mean, I know it would be set alight afterwards, but it be kinda poignant to get in first.

I-filed 5:16 pm 13 Sep 10

troll-sniffer said :

Roadside memorials are bogan. No doubt about it, but I think someone in the ANU School of Inconsequential Studies needs to do a PhD on why they feel the need to publicly flaunt what is really a very private matter.

Didn’t you know? ANU academic Peter Read I think has already published papers on exact same …

bobzed57 5:12 pm 13 Sep 10

I saw a young lad with RIP sticker on the back window and he was driving like he intended catching his mate. A beautiful irony.

WillowJim 5:01 pm 13 Sep 10

A hell of a lot of “facilitation” going on there. Consultants who dabble in that vacuous practice will be doubt be happy.

Rollersk8r 4:42 pm 13 Sep 10

dajala said :

Rollersk8r, I’m against roadside memorials for much the same reasons.

However, I wouldn’t object to a large billboard positioned on each site with a photo of the deceased person that stated something along the lines of “I died here because I was an asshat who was drink driving/speeding/talking on my mobile” Don’t be like me.”

Roadside memorials generally celebrate the lives of people who died while putting the lives of other responsible individuals at risk. I don’t think you should be able to glorify the existence of a person if they died drink driving, speeding. etc.

I think Canberra has way more than its fair share of reminders – speed cameras (and vans), cryptic road signs – and new improved road signs that call us idiots…

wow. I had no idea that these things upset people so much. Personally I think they are no big deal. Like DTC @ #22 I think they serve as a good reminder about road safety. I know whenever I drive past one the first thing I do is look at my speedo.

dtc 2:51 pm 13 Sep 10

Of course, not everyone who dies on the road died because it was their fault. So all the comments about ‘dying because i was an asshat’ or ‘I am a bogan’ are both insentive and wrong for at least a proportion of people.

Whenever I see a memorial my first thought is ‘how could someone die here?’ and my second thought is ‘goes to show that you can die anywhere driving a car’. I think its a very effective road safety reminder.

And just because y’all come from cultures that don’t emote publically and think death is a personal matter (except when Diana died), its not the same for everyone.

That said, a small cross or some flowers is much more appropriate than a mag wheel etc etc.

JessP 2:26 pm 13 Sep 10

I dont get the whole roadside memorial thing that has taken off over the last few years. I understood that Governments and councils liked it at one stage because it served to remind the rest of us of what can happen….

But as a memorial to a loved one? I would rather remember a loved ones life and memorialise their death.

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