Midcoast Council Halts Monument & Headstone Safety Testing

In relation to this story, the ABC now tells us that Midcoast Council has called a halt to its courageous decision to ensure monument safety in its cemetery, The Council reacted when inevitable complaints started once its monument testing and "make safe" program had commenced.

MidCoast Council's program of "laying down" a number of monuments was prompted by the death of a three-year-old girl who was crushed by a sandstone Anzac memorial at the Black Head Bowling Club on the mid-north coast in 2016.

The council's program has been suspended and is now under review because of the distress it has caused relatives visiting the cemetery.

MidCoast Council will now consult with its heritage advisors and reassess the program.

The council's director of community spaces and services, Paul De Szell, ensures public safety remains a key concern for the council.

The decision has been welcomed by Mrs Potts, but she wants the council held responsible for the damage.

"I think they also have some obligation to rectify some of the heavy-handed process that's taken place," she said.

Josh Crowther from Stacks Law firm said it is a difficult situation.

"Ultimately it would, in practice, come down to the family to uphold any ongoing maintenance issues," he said.

But he said issues could arise if the headstone is not properly erected or if the council has negligently impacted on the headstone.

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