Who are organizing this forum?
A group called the Lake War Memorials Forum Steering Committee recently came
together quite organically, all representing different viewpoints and
constituencies. Though each may not entirely share the others' views or
perspectives, all are united in regarding the proposed war memorials on the lake
shore as unnecessary and undesirable.
Instead, we stand for
- conservation of the Griffin vision for Canberra and the nation
- conservation of Lake Burley Griffin and environs for recreation, aesthetic and peaceful enjoyment
- continuation of role of Australian War Memorial as the premier memorial and museum
- innovative (ie non-monumental) ways of commemorating war dead
- a balanced view of Australian history, as expressed in the things and people we commemorate
- a review of memorials in Canberra and a rational plan for future memorials
- a peaceful, non-militaristic future
- proper process in public administration
- honesty in public life
- public consultation in the early stages of development decisions.
Brett Odgers is convenor of the Canberra Chapter of the
Walter Burley Griffin Society. Born in Canberra in 1939, his career with the
federal government was in immigration and environmental impact assessment.
Dr Peter Stanley is a Canberra historian who has published 25 books, many
on Australia's experience of the two world wars.
Dr Sue Wareham OAM is a Canberra GP, and ACT Coordinator of the Medical
Association for Prevention of Nuclear War (Australia). MAPW works for a
reduction of armed conflict and the abolition of all weapons of mass
Rosemarie Willett is a Canberra architect who has
completed a Masters by Research on Walter Burley Griffin's design for Canberra.
She is a committee member of the Walter Burley Griffin Society.
David Stephens was a public servant for 20 years and a consultant and lobbyist for 10 years.
Juliet Ramsay has a background in landscape architecture. She worked in heritage over 20 years and specializes in cultural landscapes.
Graham Freeman has retired from 37 years teaching and research in computer
science, and has built and maintains this and other community websites.