Kiama councillor Dennis Seage believes decorating the Kiama Lighthouse with a Centenary of Anzac logo would make ‘‘an icon even more iconic’’.
Cr Seage’s vision is for a large version of the logo to be painted on the lighthouse from 2014 to 2018.
Cr Seage, who is also the Kiama-Jamberoo RSL sub-branch secretary, said he had the support of his fellow councillors and Kiama council staff in installing the logo on the lighthouse.
However, there is one hitch. Cr Seage said he had been denied permission by the Department of Veterans Affairs to use the official logo on the lighthouse.
He said the knock-back from the department had upset him and he would take the matter further.
He believed the use of a lighthouse to mark 100 years since the start of World War I had the potential to spread beyond Kiama.
‘‘It is bureaucracy getting in the way... I don’t think the department truly understands the needs of the veteran community,’’ he said.
He added the permission was denied without reasons.
A spokesman for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs said it had not received an application for the Anzac Centenary Logo to be used on the lighthouse.
‘‘An application from the Illawarra Centenary of Anzac Committee was received on June 30, 2013 but there was no reference to the use of the logo on a lighthouse,’’ the spokesman said.
‘‘DVA did reply on September 2, 2013 seeking additional information, which was provided on September 20, 2013 but again, no reference was sought nor made to a lighthouse.’’