Buzz’s memory set in concrete

IT’S a little unusual and certainly a first. Local woman Lou Reeve said she was overjoyed after Council approved her unique request – a ‘chopper’ motorcycle monument to her late husband, Buzz, to be built at the General Cemetery.

The monument is an exactly to scale 2.8 metre replica of a ‘chopper’ motorcycle that Buzz had started building but never finished after a tragic microlight accident took his life in 2010.

Though an unusual request, councillors approved the memorial six votes to one at last Tuesday’s meeting. Crs Margaret O’Neill and Alfie Walker were apologies for the meeting.

Buzz Reeve

With no guideline forbidding the monument, councillors had little option.

The only proviso is that it be designed and built in accordance with “sound engineering principles,” that it is stable, durable and serviceable.”

The finished product weighs in at about 3.5 tonnes. Mrs Reeve has had a ‘super slab’ of concrete poured at the grave site to support it. The slab is 30cm thick and reinforced with ‘freeway’ grade steel grid.

The monument will be placed in the north-western corner of the cemetery in an area designated for monuments.

But not everyone was enamoured with the idea.

Cr Robin Saville said he was in two minds.

“I know people want to remember loved ones in a special way but this is a departure,” he said.

“…I’m concerned about what this initiates. If a child passes, for example, do we allow a teddy bear? If someone else wants a horse do we allow that?…It does open the floodgates and for that reason I’m against.”

Cr Denzil Sturgiss said he understood Cr Saville’s point but argued such requests could be considered on a case by case basis.

“I have no problem with it,” he said.

Mrs Reeve said she was working with Council to ensure the monument met all standards.

“I would like to thank the people of Goulburn and the Goulburn Mulwaree Council for being so supportive of this,” she said.

Mrs Reeve also sought approval from the family associated with the adjacent grave for the monument.

She has also made an allowance in the bike’s tank for her own ashes to be housed there when her time comes.

Mrs Reeve recently told the Post she believed a grave was testament to a person’s existence and should emanate the same. She and Buzz were married for 30 years and enjoyed living life to its fullest.

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