Bandstand petition tops 300 names

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A photo from The Clark’s family photo album taken in 1965 shortly after the bandstand was completed.
Camera IconA photo from The Clark’s family photo album taken in 1965 shortly after the bandstand was completed. Credit: Rob Clark

A petition to save Denmark’s beloved John Clark Memorial Bandstand has gathered more than 300 signatures in less than two days.

Last week, the Shire of Denmark council endorsed a proposal to remove the heritage-listed bandstand after they revealed an estimated cost of $100,000 to restore the corroded structure.

The community has since rallied to save the bandstand and created an online petition that had 341 signatures at the time of print.

Concerned resident Karen Britza started the petition to show the council how significant the bandstand was to the community.

“I want to give the community a chance to express their views as they have so far not been given that opportunity by the council,” she said.

“I hope that it will assist the council to understand and respect Denmark’s history and how important it is to the community.

“I have every faith that if they understand this they will be able to find a way to save this iconic building.”

The John Clark Memorial Bandstand was built in 1964 to honour one of Denmark’s prominent residents.

John Clark’s great-grandson, Rob Clark — who now lives in Perth — said a piece of him belonged to Denmark because of the bandstand.

“I have that link since I visited Denmark as a child and that is close to 50 years ago,” Mr Clark said.

He posted an old photo of the bandstand shortly before the council voted to demolish it which has garnered more than 170 reactions online.

“Our history needs to be preserved and by the emotion I’m seeing from the Denmark community, they are all in support in doing just that — preserving it,” Mr Clark said.

“History is what makes us, if we bulldozed our history then we’re not going to be left with much.

“Our history is what makes our community.”

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