GEORGE NEWS & VIDEO - Members of the public are invited to have their say on the possible move of the War Memorial from the Garden Route Botanical Garden (GRBT).
The proposal was in the spotlight recently when a public meeting was held to discuss the possibility of moving the three name plaques of the War Memorial to the cenotaph of the Moth (Memorable Order of Tin Hat) Shell Hole in Loerie Park.
According to Corné Brink, manager and curator of the Garden Route Botanical Garden, no final decision has been made yet. Other options have arisen and there is a specific process that must be followed, including a public participation process.
To move the name plaques, permission must be obtained from Heritage Western Cape and the George Municipality must give input, as it owns the property where the memorial currently stands.
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Brink told George Herald the main reason why the GRBG initiated looking at a possible move is because the memorial is neglected and the garden does not have the finances or manpower to look after it.
Since it became known that they are looking into the matter, nine individuals and two organisations have indicated that they are interested in keeping the plaques, so the Moth Shell Hole is not the only possible destination.
She said no final decision has been taken to move it and if moved, where to. The GRBG has also not yet applied for permission to move it.
The presentations will be sent to Western Cape Heritage and their board will consider every suggestion on merit before making a decision.
Brink expressed happiness that there is interest in the matter. The best will be done for the fallen soldiers in a way that hopefully satisfies everybody, she said.
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