Lighthouse meddling unpatriotic

I WAS disgusted to read "Lights almost out on lighthouse logo" (Kiama Independent August 13) that the submission by Kiama Jamberoo RSL Sub Branch to have the Centenary of ANZAC logo painted on the Kiama Lighthouse had been rejected. Why? Because a heritage assessment had not been carried out.

All the local RSL sub branch wanted to do was to paint a logo on the lighthouse and both they and the Kiama council guaranteed that the logo would be removed at the end of the commemoration period.

How simple. Once again we see big government interfering in a very commendable and appropriate local initiative.

World War I was a pivotal period in Australia's development as a nation and affected every local community.

Kiama was part of the December 1915 Waratahs' Recruitment March when 23 locals joined on this famous march.

Many were killed in action.

Yes we want to commemorate all of those who participated in WWI, including those from our own families and not only on Anzac Day, but throughout the four-year period - 2014 - 2018.

A large painted logo on the Kiama Lighthouse is a wonderful idea and what heritage will be affected?

Who needs enemies when we have meddling departments like the NSW Department for Natural Resources, Land and Water telling us what to do?

Owen Maxwell


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