6 July 2020

Locals told to have more respect after illegal dumping continues at Rocky Hill War Memorial

| Dominic Giannini
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Rubbish left at the Rocky Hill War Memorial site.

Goulburn Mulwaree Council Mayor Bob Kirk is calling on locals and visitors to have more respect for the Rocky Hill War Memorial following an increase in illegal rubbish dumping at the site. Photo: Supplied.

Goulburn Mulwaree Council has chastised people who continue to illegally dump rubbish at the Rocky Hill War Memorial and Museum following a recent increase in incidents at the site.

Mayor Bob Kirk told the community to have more respect for the Goulburn site after food and drink waste has repeatedly been littered over the hill from local takeaway shops. Larger rubbish dumping incidents have also been occurring.

“It is a shame we need to undertake a campaign on these sorts of issues on what feels like a six-monthly basis, but, again, I call on our residents and visitors to show respect for your own city,” he said.

“Rocky Hill is both a commemorative site and an attraction for visitors with the new Rocky Hill War Memorial Museum. We do not want it to be made untidy through the laziness of our community.

“However, it is not just this site we want to see respected and kept clean, but our entire city and region.”

Mayor Kirk said people found dumping rubbish will be prosecuted.

“Illegal dumping is a crime, and our staff will be in touch with police to ask them to undertake more frequent patrols of the area to discourage this behaviour,” he said.

Rubbish left at the Rocky Hill War Memorial site.

Rubbish left in the car park at Rocky Hill War Memorial. Photo: Supplied.

“We do not want to get to the stage where Rocky Hill is locked off outside of business hours just to stop this.”

The 19.5-metre high tower was designed by EC Manfred and was officially opened in 1925 to commemorate those who served in World War I.

The memorial also includes a honour roll from WWI and contains the names of those who served from the district.

The museum hosts a collection of “war trophies” allocated to Goulburn in the 1920s. A new museum building was supposed to have opened in March 2020 after it had previously moved to the caretakers’ cottage in 1999, but was pushed back due to COVID-19.

Rocky Hill War Memorial Museum is open from 10 am to 4 pm each Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is also open during school holidays and on public holidays.

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