The Gawler South Soldier Memorial will remain in its current location, at least for the present.
On Monday night, a Development Assessment Panel meeting voted to reject an application by the Gawler Returned Services League to relocate the monument to Pioneer Park.
The issue has raised considerable debate in Gawler.
The Gawler RSL application was on the back of an 1800-signature petition .
Gawler resident Brian Thom, who is also the towns retiring deputy mayor, has been an advocate of the memorial remaining in its current location, and initiated a petition against the relocation, gaining 2195 signatures of support.
Wayne Clarke, spokesperson for the Gawler RSL, said his association would discuss the issue at a programmed quarterly general meeting on Friday.
“It will be up to the members to decide on any course of action,” Mr Clarke said.
The RSL has the right of appeal over the DAP decision to the Environmental Development Court.
Mr Clarke said it would be up to the members to make that decision.
Since the RSL has progressed the matter this far, and taken legal advice along the way, it would be a surprise if it didn’t follow the appeal process.
Mr Bruce Ballantyne, presiding chair of the DAP, said the panel members had visited both the proposed relocation site in Pioneer Park, and the current location before the meeting on Monday night.
“The panel heard from 19 people before adjourning to consider the application,” Mr Ballantyne said.
“The panel made a decision relating to heritage matters and felt there was a connection between the people of the area and the monument. There is wording on the statue which relates to volunteers from Gawler South and the Gawler Blocks which was what part of the area was called.”
Mr Thom said he was delighted with the unanimous response by the DAP members to reject the application.
“The decision was made on planning issues and not emotion, the way it should have been,”Mr Thom said.
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