Roadside memorials

Council appreciates that a roadside memorial is a way that family and friends express grief and a process for maintaining emotional linkages with the loss of a loved one.

The erection of roadside memorials impacts on the general public who do not have the close emotional connection to the site e.g. adjacent land owners and passing members of the public.  Council must take into account the safety needs of all road users and manage roadside memorials to balance the needs of the community and the people directly affected by the roadside fatality of a loved one.

All memorials are deemed as temporary.  Reviewing the Guidelines for the installation of roadside memorials(PDF, 136KB) will assist in understanding the requirements of installing a roadside memorial.

Council also encourages members of the community who are wanting to erect a roadside memorial to complete a Temporary roadside memorial registration form(PDF, 132KB) prior to installing any roadside memorial.  This will enable Council officers to contact affected family or friends who have placed the memorial within the road reserve under the care and control of Council.

Memorials are generally created and maintained by family members or friends of the deceased.

Council is not responsible for the maintenance of existing roadside memorials and does not accept liability for losses arising from removal of roadside memorials during road maintenance or construction activities.

Memorials must be placed in a safe location.  Council will inspect existing roadside memorials if residents, road users etc. are expressing concern about a memorial.  A decision may be made to remove, adjust or relocate a memorial.

If you have any concerns regarding a roadside memorial, contact Council.