Roadside Fatality Memorials

Council recognises that some members of the community wish to mark the location of a fatal crash on the road network by establishment of a roadside memorial. Council acknowledges that the memorial identifies the place of loss of life of a loved one.

We deal sensitively with requests for the establishment of roadside memorials but we will not encourage their placement.

The Policy

The Roadside Fatality Memorials Policy sets guidelines for the installation, construction and placement of roadside fatality memorials.This policy only applies to local roads in the municipality managed by Council.

A roadside memorial is any object constructed, erected or placed on the road or within the road reserve to commemorate/indicate a road fatality.

Memorials may include items such as wooden crosses, coloured posts, flowers or any type of construction with or without plaques or inscriptions.

To view the policy, go to A-Z Policies and Documents.

Applications

An application for placement of permanent memorials should be made to the Asset Preservation Officer in accordance with the policy. The following information details the criteria that will be considered when dealing with such requests.

Location

A memorial should be located in a position:

  • Where it will not distract drivers’ attention from the driving task or interfere with the role of any traffic control item.
  • Where it will not be hazardous to passing traffic or prevent appropriate maintenance of the road reserve. VicRoads’ Road Design Guidelines Part 3 Section 3.9 – Clear Zones should be used to assess this.

Memorials proposed within the built-up areas of townships should be discouraged due to the close proximity to dwellings and impact on property nature strips.

Applicants should be made aware of any possible risks in visiting roadside memorials and should be advised on safe practices in this regard eg. Stopping a vehicle clear of the traffic. Wherever possible, the location should be chosen to minimise risk.

Construction

A memorial must be constructed of material or installed in a way that will not cause injury if struck by a vehicle. Where a long lasting memorial is required which incorporates a plaque, it should ideally be placed horizontally as close to the surface level as possible.

Maintenance

The applicant will be responsible for the maintenance of the memorial, including replacement or removal of dead flowers.

Applicants should be advised that Council is not able to accept responsibility for the maintenance of memorials, or any loss, damage, removal or relocation of roadside memorials that may occur due to road maintenance or construction activities.

Other

Any objection or complaint from nearby residents or from road users regarding any aspects of memorials, including the activity of visitors to the memorial, occurrence of wind-blown litter from the memorial should be carefully considered and if necessary the memorial should be relocated or removed.

Time Limits

In general, a time limit of fifteen months will be allowed for memorials of a temporary nature.