ANZAC logo issue lights up Kiama again

A five-year old argument has simmered to the surface in Kiama, with lighthouse afficionados expressing frustration at an ANZAC logo on the Kiama lighthouse.

The placement of the logo was approved for up to four years by Crown Lands in 2015.

At the time, Kiama lighthouse enthusiast and Lighthouses of Australia vice-president Ian Clifford opposed the move.

On April 16, 2019, the Kiama Council voted to support the logo remaining on the lighthouse indefinitely.

Baulkhalm Hills resident, Maureen Partridge, said the logo was "vandalism".

Kiama councillor Dennis Seage, also secretary of the Kiama-Jamberoo RSL Sub-Branch, with Sub-Branch president Ian Pullar and vice-president Gary McKay, at the Kiama lighthouse in 2016. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Kiama councillor Dennis Seage, also secretary of the Kiama-Jamberoo RSL Sub-Branch, with Sub-Branch president Ian Pullar and vice-president Gary McKay, at the Kiama lighthouse in 2016. Picture: Sylvia Liber

"I am appalled that anyone on council is unable to see the inappropriateness of this logo," she said.

"Vandalism doesn't just mean graffiti tags on walls, it applies too when a totally inappropriate addition is made to a public or historic building.

"The lighthouse is not a war memorial."

Mr Clifford said he, too, was unhappy that the logo was to remain - and that the community hadn't been consulted.

"Kiama lighthouse is a heritage listed structure on the National Estate register," he said.

"It is one of the oldest remaining buildings in Kiama. Its unique architecture, white paintwork and internal fabric remain virtually unchanged in its 130 year history.

"It remains a concern to us that Kiama Council can vote and endorse a proposal yet again on a heritage listed building they neither own, control nor maintain ... without any consultation with the community."