Saturday, December 12, 2015

Terrorist Memorials

Dear Lord Mayor Doyle,

London has a wonderful memorial to those killed in The Tube and bus terrorist bombing. New York went over the top with its memorial to those killed World Trade Centre terrorist attack. We visited the memorial earlier this year and aside from the memorial itself, we were amazed at how the huge number of people visiting the memorial could be so quiet. It was quite an experience.

Here in Melbourne we have our own terrorist bombing memorial, to the large number of Australians killed in the Bali nightclub bombing. Our memorial is modest but rather nice. I can imagine sitting upon a seat and contemplating the loss of loved one while watching one of the water jets, each representing one victim. I have actually shown the memorial to visiting overseas family.

Yes Robert, you quickly guessed where I was going. It is about Melbourne's terrorist victim memorial in Carlton being used as a skateboard park. I have complained to you in the past and I know others have. Your council staff offer disingenuous responses. This really is a disgrace.

You know, dead people. Memorial. Respect.

I may just mention the rubbish that the skaters neatly line up under the seating and abandon. I have noted that it is cleared away by staff very early in the morning.

Mayor Doyle, you have bylaws at your power, but if you are not prepared to make your council officers use them, then some simple and not expensive modifications to surfaces will do.

Later edit: There is not a water jet for each person killed but a small light in the surface to represent each victim.

12 comments:

  1. Or set up a carnival in a cemetery? Pfeh.

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    1. Jac, yes, along those lines.

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  2. Seems inappropriate.

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  3. Do the skaters have another skate park where they should be going?

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    1. River, there are a number of skate parks but I am not sure if there is one near to there, but then these kids don't live near the memorial anyway.

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  4. We walked through Lincoln Square last weekend whilst on a short visit to Melbourne. Heaps of skateboarders around, I didn't even realise it was a memorial, it was certainly not a place for quiet contemplation. How sad is that...

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    1. CM, it is all very strange to me and I don't like it.

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  5. A very inappropriate spot for a skate park Andrew, guess you're lucky it hasn't been graffitied!

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    1. Grace, not much in the way of vertical surfaces, fortunately.

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