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A mild round of applause followed the
decision, which was the culmination of
more than 11 months of debate between
the Gawler RSL, which wanted the monu-
ment moved, and a group of residents, who
wanted it to remain in its original location.
The panel found the relocation of the
memorial from its current position would
diminish the historical significance of the
local area and voted against the motion.
Of the eight submissions presented at the
meeting, six were in favour of the memorial
remaining in its current position, while two
wanted to see it moved.
Gawler South resident Warren Dibben
was among the community members advo-
cating for the monument to remain at its
"It's been there for many years and it
needs to remain there, to remove it would
be disrespectful to those who gave their
lives," he said.
"It's chiselled in stone, if you have a look
on the side of the memorial, it says Gawler
South and Gawler Blocks...they are the ones
who paid for that and had it erected.
"He (the Digger on the monument) is
keeping an eye on the families of the de-
ceased, he's watching over them...he's not
just a stone monument memorial, he's do-
ing a job for those who gave their lives."
Gawler RSL public officer Wayne Clarke said
the relocation of the WWI memorial to Pio-
neer Park would have resulted in its inclusion in
Anzac Day and Remembrance Day services.
"The people named on the memorial,
they are what we call our brothers in arms,
and we have a very special affinity of them
through our war service," he said.
"...They are what I call the founding
members of the Gawler RSL and we would
expect that when we have our services, that
if those people were alive they would like to
be with us, their fellow servicemen, to be
recognised in our service.
"Not down there where nobody's around
Before the special meeting, DAP mem-
bers, as well as other Gawler residents,
toured both the present Adelaide Road site
and the site of the proposed relocation at
Pioneer Park to gain a better understanding
of the issue.
THE location of the war memorial has been a
long-running issue, with healthy debate on both
sides of the equation.
The Gawler RSL's proposal to move the memorial
to Murray Street's Pioneer Park was formally backed
by Gawler Council in October, 2013.
In January, Deputy Mayor Brian Thom, along with
supporters, urged the RSL to refocus its attention on
fundraising for a new memorial.
"Rather than shifting the memorial, the RSL might
get a very pleasant surprise at the generosity of the
community towards the construction of a new mon-
ument in Pioneer Park containing the names of all
the Gawler Blocks and Gawler South WWI service
personnel and even adding the names of those who
served in Vietnam and other overseas engagements
since WWI," Mr Thom said at the time.
In April, a petition for people opposed to the re-
location gathered 2195 signatures, some 350 more
than an RSL petition supporting the move.
Around the same time Gawler RSL's formal de-
velopment application was submitted to the Gawler
DAP, detailing the proposed relocation, as well as
containing an independent heritage consultant re-
port backing the move.
In his heritage assessment, consultant Bruce Harry
said the memorial was a visual reminder of the terrible
loss of life and local social impacts of a catastrophic,
distant event and, until recent years, was the focus for
ongoing remembrance ceremonies to honour them.
"However, it is not a sacred site," he said in the
"The monument today is diminished by 95 years
of weathering, the repair of past acts of vandalism and
the removal of the surrounding cast-iron railing.
"It also now sits in a compromised and partially
obscured position as a consequence of surrounding
development, tree-planting and roadworks."
The memorial was first erected in 1921 to com-
memorate the World War I soldiers who came from
Gawler South and Gawler Blocks.
SEPTEMBER, 1921 -- Memorial erected to
commemorate the World War I soldiers who came
from Gawler South and Gawler Blocks.
JULY, 2013 -- Gawler RSL ags the possibility
of relocating memorial from Adelaide Road to
OCTOBER, 2013 -- Gawler Council formally backs
an RSL report to relocate memorial.
DECEMBER, 2013 -- Gawler RSL tables petition
with more than 1800 signatures supporting the
memorial's move to Pioneer Park.
JANUARY, 2014 -- A group of residents, including
Deputy Mayor Brian Thom, urge RSL not to
relocate memorial, but instead look at building a
new memorial at Pioneer Park.
MARCH, 2014 -- Gawler RSL con rms it will not
consider developing an additional memorial at
Pioneer Park and will continue to focus on moving
the Gawler South memorial.
APRIL, 2014 -- A petition for people opposed
to the relocation gathers 2195 signatures and is
presented to Gawler Council.
APRIL, 2014 -- Gawler RSL lodges application to
Gawler Development Assessment Panel to
relocate memorial from Adelaide Road to Pioneer
SEPTEMBER, 2014 -- Gawler DAP rejects
application at a special meeting, meaning
memorial will remain in its original place.
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No move for memorial
He (the Digger on the
monument) is keeping an eye
on the families of the deceased,
he's watching over them...he's
not just a stone monument
memorial, he's doing a job for
those who gave their lives.
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More than 60 people attended a Gawler Development Assessment Panel special meeting on Monday night to hear the verdict on the Gawler
South war memorial.
PHOTO: Carl Pfei er
Members of Gawler's Development
Assessment Panel visit the site of the Gawler
South war memorial on Adelaide Road
before the meeting on Monday night.
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