City of Vincent, WA
Robertson Park, cnr Stuart & Fitzgerald St. Perth AIDS Memorial since 1 December 2001
without names
Disagreements are continuing over the maintenance and future care of the WA AIDS Memorial. Community Group the Order of Perpetual Indulgence are calling for a red ribbon, the international symbol of the fight against HIV/AIDS to be included in the memorial’s design, for the memorial to be legally registered as ‘The WA AIDS Memorial’ rather than be a non-AIDS identifying environmental art work owned by the City of Vincent and for the community to have a role its future care.
Concern was raised last year that over many years the memorial had fallen into disrepair. Since then the City of Vincent (COV) has agreed to repair the Memorial’s lighting, water feature alongside upgrading the surrounding gardens and adding seating to the area. Mother Gretta from the Sister’s of Perpetual Indulgence acknowledged the work carried out so far, ‘Some good work has been done by COV so far in repairing the Memorial.’
Mother Gretta has proposed that the next step required is for the art work to be legally registered as the WA AIDS Memorial. As there is concern that as an environmental artwork the site does not have the legal status of a memorial and therefore could be demolished without any consultation with the Community. The Order has called on the City of Vincent to ensure that stakeholders and the HIV positive community are properly included in all future decisions about the memorial.
The Mayor also welcomed increased community involvement in the care and future planning for the memorial suggesting the formation of a community group who are ‘Friends of the Memorial’ would be welcomed.
Photo © Nadine Out in Perth

9 January 2013
Nadine, Perth