THE Bathurst War Memorial Carillon's Eternal Flame is a symbol of the sacrifice made by service men and women, but it is the aging and injured veterans who are unable to see it.
On Anzac Day, two sets of stairs made it possible for most people to see the new Eternal Flame as it was unveiled for the first time.
They were able to file in through the doors to take in the symbol that replaced the traditional flame, a 600-kilogram bronze sculpture with in-built LED lights.
But for people with a disability, it wasn't something they could see for themselves.
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That is why the Bathurst Regional Access Committee has appealed to council to implement a solution that would make the Carillon accessible, particularly for those who have served.
BRAC chairman Bob Triming, a veteran himself, said that several options are being considered, including an electric stair climber or a lift, but his preference would be a ramp on the William Street side of the structure.
Due to the height of the entrance to the Carillon, the ramp would need to be approximately 25 metres long.
It would not stretch well out into Kings Parade, but would ideally be in a semi-circle shape.
Mr Triming said that raised garden beds and new plants could be used to disguise the supports beneath the ramp, while something like etched glass could be incorporated into the railings to enhance the appearance.
"With common sense, it could be really attractively done, especially if it had etched glass sides and plantings around the ramp," he said.
By building a ramp on the William Street side of the Carillon, it would not detract from or interfere with formal ceremonies, which in more recent years have been on the George Street side.
The reason Mr Triming would prefer a ramp over the other proposed solutions is because they would come at a hefty cost to ratepayers, they would require more ongoing maintenance, staff would need to man them on significant occasions and electric devices may attract vandals.
"The other benefit of the ramp, it would take you an hour to get a couple of people up and down in a lift, whereas the ramp would be wide enough for two wheelchairs to pass," Mr Triming added.
At last week's council meeting, councillor Ian North encouraged his colleagues to consider accessibility to the Carillon, saying that everyone deserved a moment of reflection with the Eternal Flame.
"On Anzac Day we saw a number of return servicemen who struggled to get up to see something that is very special to them," he said.
"We have a wonderful facility, we know we are the oldest inland settlement. [The Carillion] is something that honours return servicemen, their families and their sacrifices and it is a very big struggle for them to have that quiet reflection time."
Cr North said there was funding available every year to help with upkeep and making improvements to war memorials.
He encouraged council to get in contact with both the state and federal governments about funding assistance to make the Carillon accessible for everyone.