Kalbarri RSL have presented a concept plan to replace the Kalbarri War Memorial Monument, which includes installing a third flag pole, after the town was left divided on Anzac Day this year. The Shire of Northampton has approved a basic concept design to replace the ageing War Memorial after allocating $60,000 to undertake the project in 2017. The design concept comes after residents were left divided on Anzac Day when the Aboriginal flag was taken down and replaced with the New Zealand flag. There is only two flag poles installed at the memorial. The RSL proposed a simple amphitheatre-style War Memorial with tiered retained steps wide enough for people to sit on with chairs or picnic rugs. The main area would be flat, paved and inclusive with a simple cenotaph, three flagpoles and a lone pine tree planted. Northampton Shire president Liz Sudlow said the 1950s-built memorial was in poor condition, outdated and it was time to replace it. “There’s concrete cancer in the cement that holds the bricks together and there’s also lots of steps so it’s not particularly user friendly for elderly people or anyone needing wheelchair access,” she said. Kalbarri RSL president Alex Hack said the RSL was happy about the motion and the new design would also improve visibility during dawn services in the future. “This year we had over 600 people and they were in the car park and couldn’t see because their vision was obscured, but they’ll be on the hill now looking down,” he said. “The podium is going to be reversed so we’ll be talking to people up the hill rather than down in the car park and that’ll make everything a lot better.” He described the present memorial as a “disgusting eyesore” that shows disrespect to fallen heroes. The council supported the Kalbarri RSL concept proposal on Friday, November 17 and approved a detailed design to be produced to progress the project.