Proposed relocation of the Yarraman War Memorial Cenotaph

The Yarraman Returned Services League Sub-Branch (RSL) has made a proposal to Toowoomba Regional Council for the Yarraman Memorial Cenotaph to be relocated from the current location at Memorial Park on Toomey Street (D'Aguilar Highway).

From this request, Council has made an assessment on how the relocation could work within the Yarraman Recreation Ground and Memorial Park, off Emmert Street and is seeking feedback from the Yarraman Community.

If the proposal is supported by the community, the Yarraman RSL would be responsible for seeking grant funding.

Consultation on this proposal has now closed. Council will consider all the submissions and advise the community of the outcome in due course. Thank you to all those community members who provided feedback.

Why is the Yarraman RSL proposing to relocate the Memorial?

The location of the Memorial has served the community well, however there are changing and growing crowds attending the ANZAC Day service.

While there is traffic control in place for the day, there is also a growing concern regarding the risk associated with pedestrian and vehicle movements around the event.

Outside of ANZAC Day, there is an increase of traffic on the D'Aguilar Highway, which means at times it isn’t the place of quiet reflection that is aimed to be. On the other memorial days which are held at the cenotaph, there is no traffic control.

This proposed relocation is considering access and space for future memorial services – for ANZAC Day and other dates with the memorial calendar.

As part of the proposed relocation, there is the opportunity for supporting memorial monuments to be included in the future to recognise each arm of the Australian Defence Force (Army, Navy and Air Force).

What is proposed?

It is proposed to relocate the Yarraman Memorial Cenotaph from its current location to Yarraman Recreation Ground and Memorial Park, off Emmert Street.

This relocation would include all associated signage, plaques, and the use of a removable flagpole to ensure there is no risk during sporting events. There will be landscaping, including rosemary and roses, to help define the memorial garden area.

If the current or future funding permits, a new multi-purpose shelter would be installed with some additional seating with backrests. There is also a proposal for additional landscaping and space for future memorial walls, artwork, or plaques. Formalised carparking on Emmert Street will also be subject to future funding.