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Post by Admin on Aug 14, 2015 2:19:00 GMT
A CONTROVERSIAL plan to build a memorial statue in Strathfield commemorating the `Comfort Women’ of World War II has been rejected. Strathfield councillors voted unanimously last night (Tuesday) to “take no further action” concerning the Comfort Women Memorial, saying it did not meet the criteria of the council’s memorial policy.
A council spokewoman said: “This decision was not taken lightly. Strathfield Council’s Memorial Policy is aimed at building harmony in the community by not supporting requests that are deemed to be offensive to any community groups. This proposal in itself has divided the community.”
The proposed Three Girls statue became a long drawn-out issue after the Korean Committee of United Austral Korean-Chinese Alliance approached the council in March 2014 wanting to erect the statue in Strathfield Square or a nearby public location.
The statue aimed to commemorate the women, mainly Chinese and Korean, who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army in World War II. But it was quickly criticised as misguided by the Japanese embassy in Australia and emotions ran high. Opposing sides packed the council’s chambers last April and submitted petitions containing thousands of signatures.
A council spokeswoman said today (Wednesday) that Strathfield Council had heard from numerous people for and against the proposal over the past year. “With this in mind and after extensive community consultation, it was decided at an extraordinary council meeting last night to take no further actions concerning the proposal as it does not meet the criteria of the council’s memorial policy.” The spokeswoman added: “Strathfield prides itself in being a multicultural community bringing people from around the world together in peace and harmony. Through mutual respect and understanding, it is Strathfield’s hope that this potentially divisive issue can be turned into an opportunity to engage with each other in a positive way moving forward. If a jointly agreed-upon proposal for a statue is put forward in the future, Strathfield Council will consider the application at that time.”