Cenotaph Relocation Timeline

July 18, 1990: Council met with the local branch of the RSL who advised they had no objection to moving the Cenotaph to the proposed Central Park. A public meeting was thought to be a good idea. The Shire President advised that a public meeting had been convened for July 26, 1990.

July 26, 1990: Minutes of Public Meeting regarding relocation of Cenotaph: RTA concerned about traffic flow and pedestrian safety, moved by Peter Strickland that Council relocate the monument at some time in the future. Mrs Jean Hayden suggested moving the fence with the Cenotaph when it was moved to the new park. Mr Ted Jackson said the Cenotaph was erected in horse and buggy days, but it was now in the wrong place. He supported the move so Narromine could move with the times and improve the town centre.

August 8, 1990: Council decided the relocation of the Cenotaph and the proposed roundabout be dealt with separately and the Traffic Committee look specifically at the various alternatives for the corner, not only a roundabout. It was also moved that Council endorses the proposal to relocate the Cenotaph into the proposed Central Park.

September 9, 1990: There was a notice of recession motion. It was moved that Council hold a referendum at the next election to ascertain whether the public want the Cenotaph moved. The motion was put to the vote and declared lost.

November 21, 1990: It was suggest at Council due to Larcombes erecting the Monument, could they be asked if there was any chance of moving it. Council was advised that Lacombes are not stonemasons and the person who erected it has since died.

December 19, 1990: Council decided that because of the economic situation no further action to be taken to relocate the Narromine Cenotaph.

July 15, 2003: Council decided to increase the number of community representatives on the O'Neill Square Committee from two to four. Mr Richard Duff, Mr Jack Burgess, Mr Phil McIness and Mr Paul McCutcheon were appointed as the local community representatives with Mr David Goodridge as an alternative for the Committee.

September 3, 2003: Inaugural Meeting of O'Neill Square Committee

April 20, 2004: Council acknowledged the comments that have been made by the RTA and Director of Engineering in wanting to redesign the intersection in line with established standards. Council formed the opinion that while the intersection does not appear to be any major safety concerns that would be rectified through the redesign of the intersection. Council agreed to a parking area on the eastern side of O'Neill Square adjoining Tom Perry Park. The Traffic Committee were directed to report to the Council on any improvements that could be made to signage and line marking at the intersection without changing existing traffic movements. Council also moved to meet with the Road Trains Association and invite all members of the RSL Sub-Branch and the O'Neill Square Committee.

November 2, 2004: Council resolved the artists impression of the Cenotaph for presentation at the Public meeting should include the changes to O'Neill Square and also the intersection without the Cenotaph.

November 22, 2007: A letter was received from the RSL Sub-Branch stating: 1. the Cenotaph should be appraised by a number of companies that deal in moving, and restoring old monuments. 2. After this is carried out a suitable location should be discussed and a computer generated plan is drawn up and placed on public display. 3. After a period of time, a meeting of the community be called to debate what the people want and any changes noted. 4. That the fence that surrounds the Cenotaph be part of the plan as it was donated to the community. 5. The location if possible be placed in Tom Perry Park as a tribute to the Family and to make it a safer place for the community. The Narromine Sub Branch also stated that the location it is in now will one day be moved without consultation or be damaged beyond repair by either road traffic or natural movement and vibrations in the soil may cause a major disaster to the Cenotaph.

January 17, 2008: The Narromine News and Trangie Advocate report calls to remove the Cenotaph from its current position in Dandaloo Street have been met with silence from the Narromine Council. The Sub Branch senior vice president, Keith Hayden, said the Cenotaph had been damaged by heavy traffic flow close to its foundations.

April 19, 2008: The RSL Sub Branch sent a letter to Council stating there is no objection to the moving of the Cenotaph as long as the Sub Branch is notified of the new location.

May 20, 2008: RSL Sub Branch recommended that Council hold and conduct a Public Meeting seeking public comment and requested the Narromine branch of the RSL be present and make a presentation and then gauge whether further investigations are required.

August 19, 2008: Council was advised there was no funding available from the RTA, but if Council wished to proceed, they were prepared to consider a funding partnership but the RTA left the onus on Council.

September 23, 2009: Council applied for a $50,000 grant towards the relocating of the Cenotaph from Department of Veterans Affairs and was awarded a partial grant of $4,000.

October, 27, 2008: The Narromine RSL Sub Branch sent a letter to Council advising "The Cenotaph is not to be moved at all, the Cenotaph will not fall over and the Cenotaph should be refurbished instead of moving."

November 10, 2008: Council received a condition report from Stone Memorials.

April 16, 2009: The RSL Sub Branch decided the Cenotaph should be moved for preservation and Council should use the grant to carry out a feasibility study on the dismantling and relocating of the Cenotaph over the site that was agreed on in the year before.

May 19, 2009: Council decided to utilise the grant funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs to engage a qualified person to investigate the structural integrity of the Narromine War Memorial Cenotaph and to make recommendations on the feasibility of its preservation and/or relocation.

July 21, 2009: The Council received an amount of $33,000 from the NSW State War Memorial Committee to assist in the relocation of the Narromine War Memorial Committee to assist in the relocation of the Narromine War Memorial, the RTA donated $23,000 which brings the total to $56,000 in addition to the $4000 mentioned above.

September 16, 2009: Barnson PTY Limited present their report.

March 16, 2010: Preliminary estimations of $80,000 are presented to Council. Council sought funding from the RTA for the upgrade of the intersection.

January 8, 2012: The RMS (formerly RTA) request an update of the grant funding expenditure.

May 15, 2012: Council draw up a plan for public comment and plan to determine a position once community opinion was known.

December 17, 2012: RSL Sub Branch advise Council they still have no objections to the relocation of the Cenotaph.

February 11, 2014: The plan was put out on Public Exhibition with the closing date for submissions being March 28, 2014.

March 26, 2014: A random street poll by The Narromine News and Trangie Advocate indicates eight versus two people down the street want the Cenotaph moved.

April 11, 2014: Council decide to move the Cenotaph.

April 23, 2014: Council considers a rescission motion.

May 16, 2014: Council remains undecided, rescinds their decision from the April meeting and decide they want further study.

July 4, 2014: The Narromine News and Trangie Advocate reports a public meeting indicated the community wanted it to stay where it is currently located.

July 11, 2014: The Council decide it is moving.

December 10, 2014: Two members of the public appeal to Council to leave the Cenotaph in its current position. Member of the public, Lyn Jablonski claims there are flaws in the Barnsen pty ltd report.

January, 2015: Council calls an extraordinary meeting of Council to discuss the relocation of the Cenotaph.

Information from the Narromine Shire Council Business Paper for January extraordinary meeting and the Narromine News and Trangie Advocate archives.

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