Commemorative ideas flow forward
IT may not necessarily be a fountain, but it appears that Southern Downs Regional Councillors are strongly in favour of working out a solution as to how to properly remember the Dungarees.
In general business of the engineering services committee meeting on Tuesday, councillors had a lengthy discussion on their personal views of what to do with the fountain.
Earlier in the meeting engineering services director Peter See said during his report that the wiring of the fountain was found to be damaged once it was removed from the river, “no doubt caused by flooding”.
He told councillors investigations were continuing into options to repair the fountain, but said it may be necessary to consider total replacement or alternative concepts.
Of the councillors who voiced their opinions during general business, most appeared in favour of meeting with interested parties after reviewing a petition at next week’s general meeting, and going from there.
Cr Neil Meiklejohn said he was in favour of looking at alternative options for commemoration.
“The worst thing we can do is have a quick repair and put (the fountain) back in somewhere,” he said on Tuesday.
“This isn’t the right solution.”
Cr Ross Bartley said he was sure there could be a better way to recognise what the Dungarees achieved.
“I think there may be a more appropriate way to recognise the significance of the Dungarees march,” he said.
“Maybe it’s time for us to meet with interested parties who will put a petition to the general meeting and consult with them.”
Cr Vic Pennisi said he endorsed what both Crs Meiklejohn and Bartley had said.
“I have some reservations about the fountain,” he said.
“Is it a deserving tribute for those people? I don’t know.”
Mayor Ron Bellingham said he met with Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott earlier in the week about the fountain.
“I have harassed the staff over the past six months, saying switch this damn thing on or get it out of (the Condamine River),” he told his fellow councillors.
“We need to plan this fairly clearly. We all need to understand the issues and how to resolve them.”