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June 24, 2018

RN: Alternative forms of body disposal

The only thing that’s certain about the future is death. Cremation and traditional burial are the preferred body disposal options, but they’re not the only ones 
June 24, 2018

Two of Us: they both work in cemeteries – but not together

Brisbane-based memorial architect Pete Macfarlane, 55, introduced scientist Mandy Cotman, 48, to stonemasonry when they met. Both now work in cemeteries: Pete creating new memorials, Mandy restoring old ones.
June 21, 2018

Two cemeteries DAs get taken out of council hands

The SMH reports NSW planning minister Anthony Roberts has stripped Campbelltown and Penrith councils of powers to decide on two "contentious" applications to build new cemeteries by asking the state's independent planning authority…
June 20, 2018

Students’ tributes to fallen WWI soldiers are taken to Belgium and France

An epic journey that started with a commemorative walk at Woronora Memorial Park by students of St Patrick’s Primary School Sutherland has ended in Belgium and France.
June 20, 2018

QLD: New Belgian Gardens Cemetery facilities unveiled

The Townsville Bulletin reports about improved facilities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members mourning their loved ones have been unveiled at Belgian Gardens Cemetery.
June 20, 2018

CCANSW: Some subtle changes to our website...

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We are making some minor changes to the websites, mainly to make the display more responsive on smaller devices by relocating the login button, search box and main menu to…
June 20, 2018

Locale Consulting: How to avoid over promising and under delivering on your project

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Despite the increase in knowledge, expertise, and use of project management tools and techniques, many projects still over promise and under deliver. This fact comes down to the planning fallacy. Put…
June 19, 2018

What are the future options for cemeteries in Canberra?

ACT City Services deputy director Jim Corrigan and Sydney-based urban planner Kate Ryan spoke to ABC Radio Canberra's Adam Shirley and Dan Bourchier about some of the options available for…
June 18, 2018

SMH: Obesity is making burials and cremations fraught

In the 43 years that Terry Robbins' family company has been making coffins, the size of the average person and the number of obese Australians has increased so much that the…
June 18, 2018

Design judges pay their respects to mausoleum

A project highlighting the correlation between design and death has been short-listed for a Victorian Architecture Award. The Philip Harmer-designed Atrium of Holy Angels Mausoleum in Melbourne’s Fawkner Cemetery is…
June 17, 2018

Bendigo Remembrance Parks' Chapel re-opens

Four weddings, music recitals, functions and funerals – Bendigo Remembrance Park’s chapel has seen a lot in its 145 years. On Friday the chapel was reopened to the public after the completion of its first…
June 17, 2018

Dealing with death the way we used to: Family-led funerals and green burials

Nothing is more devastating than the death of a loved one. You’re not thinking clearly, and it’s not a good time to make practical decisions. Thankfully, you can call a funeral…
June 16, 2018

Woronora Memorial Park gets new crematorium to cope with increasing deaths and rising obesity

Woronora Memorial Park’s crematorium is being decommissioned to make way for a new state-of-the-art crematorium to cope with Sydney’s rising death rate and the need for larger coffins due to…
June 15, 2018

Private partner for ACT southside cemetery?

The Canberra Times reports the ACT's Barr government will look for a private partner to run a new cemetery and crematorium in Canberra's south, as it considers allowing graves to…
June 13, 2018

Share your stories and ideas

A reminder to everyone, especially the CCANSW members, please share your topical stories and ideas with us.
June 13, 2018

Some famous Australian’s and their final resting place

An excellent blog piece from OpusXenta published on their website. The Twitter feed and link is below:
June 10, 2018

SMCT: Life - Winter Edition 2018

We are dedicated to creating unique experiences and work in partnership with our surrounds to support the living throughout their grief journey. In this issue we explore this journey through…
June 05, 2018

Guardian: Isn’t it time to be grown up and stop saying we ‘pass away’? We die, end of story

We put this up on Twitter today, but here it is again for those of you who are not following the CCANSW's Twitter feed (why not?) and may therefore have…
June 05, 2018

Sydney Conference: Videos recordings not rendering for some members

Members have reported HTML5 errors when trying to play video recording from the conference. The  error is reported as "Error HTML5:4" which means the browser cannot identify the video format.…
June 03, 2018

Weblink updates: Transporting deceased remains

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We have added a category to contain information about transporting deceased remains, including ashes, into and out of major jurisdictions. 

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