A decision about the Gunnedah RSL sub-branch's project proposal may not be made until the end of this year.
The project is part of Gunnedah Shire Council's broader Open Spaces Strategy, which is a holistic approach to all open spaces in the shire.
It assists in determining suitable locations for a variety of projects and proposals, which is the integral part of the sub-branch's proposal.
The group wants to move the war memorial plaques under the trees on Eighth Division Memorial Avenue to the unused bowling green on Acacia Street in order to create a new memorial garden.
But, the council deferred a decision on whether to take on the project at the February council meeting, and it may not be decided upon until after the Open Space Strategy is complete.
A council spokesperson said the project will be "discussed in the future following consultation throughout the Open Space Strategy".
Councillor Murray O'Keefe said the timeline for delivering the strategy had been heavily impacted by COVID-19, but councillors didn't want to rush the RSL sub-branch's project.
"We want to ensure that we are committing this project to an appropriate space and location and we want to review that holistically," Cr O'Keefe said.
"Once we establish that, we don't want to have to move it or disturb it ever again so we should get it right and make it something that lasts forever and the community is proud of it."
The plaques are ready to be placed whenever the final decision is made, according to sub-branch secretary Ruth Clarke.
The group had them refurbished at the beginning of the year, as the current location under the trees makes them prone to damage from falling branches, and bird droppings.