Upgraded Mullumbimby Cenotaph could become tourist drawcard
A PROPOSED $500,000 new cenotaph for Mullumbimby has the potential to become a tourism drawcard for the town, the local RSL says.
The new cenotaph would be a complete departure from the current model and would offer a walk-through interactive monument with artists' depictions of the Anzac spirit, said Paul Smith, vice president of RSL Mullumbimby
The RSL started looking at replacing the current cenotaph to provide greater access to the public, Mr Smith said
"One of the problems is the steps up to it don't allow disability access.
"There are also tree roots pushing up and loosening the tiles."
"This is about engaging with changing views of the world."
"It's been 100 years since Gallipoli and Australia has changed enormously in that time."
Through the new cenotaph and accompanying educational website, visitors would find a new way of looking at the Anzac spirit.
"It will be an educational tool to generate discussion. It's as much about our social history as it is a memorial to the fallen."
The proposal to rebuild the cenotaph in Dally St has been worked on by the Mullumbimby RSL since early 2010, with architect plans on display at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club.
The RSL will vote on whether to proceed with the project at their October meeting, and if so a development application would be submitted to the council.
"Every time something like this is built it stimulates tourism for that town.
"A new war memorial built in Ballarat increased visitors by 100,000 in its first year and the new memorial in Mandurah, Western Australia, and a new Vietnam memorial in Seymour, Victoria have also helped those towns enormously."
A vision of the new cenotaph is on display at Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club and Paul Smith is there on Saturdays from noon-2pm to answer any questions. You can also look at the plans and ideas behind them online.