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May 26, 2019

Sydney's Devonshire St. Cemetery and Brisbane's oldest cemetery in the news.

Tens of thousands of commuters each day walk Central station’s Devonshire street underpass; few realise the ground around them once hosted thousands of Sydney’s dead, and armed with scrubbing brushes…
May 26, 2019

CCANSW Conference May 2019 Video Recordings Now Online for Members

Video recordings of the speakers and presenters at the recent CCANSW Conference & Trade Exposition held in Parramatta, NSW, on 16-17 May 2019, are now online for members and their…
May 23, 2019

GMCT’s CEO takes up new position at City of Stonnington

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Jacqui Weatherill has resigned as CEO of The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust effective from 28 June to take up the CEO role at Stonnington City Council in Melbourne’s inner south…
May 22, 2019

Cremation Society (UK) Newsletter

A monthly review of news and events from within the bereavement sector published by The Cremation Society (UK).
May 22, 2019

Dearly Plaques & Memorials - And just like that it's EOFY.

Dearly Plaques & Memorials can deliver to you before the June budget cut off if you need anything from the range before next financial year.. get in contact for your…
May 21, 2019

The concept of the cemetery as a place of crumbling headstones is a thing of the past, say town planners.

It’s not quite a zombie apocalypse but authorities have to think seriously about how they’re planning for the dead, a conference has heard. Australia’s main metropolitan regions are facing a…
May 20, 2019

SHoalhaven City Council seeks Bereavement Services Co-ordinator

Shoalhaven City Council is seeking a Bereavement Services Coordinator to work across thirteen cemeteries, based at the Shoalhaven Memorial Gardens and Lawn Cemetery in Worrigee. The position supports the Bereavement…
May 10, 2019

$485K to get water to a new lawn cemetery too much.

Mid-Western Regional Council has again rejected a proposed lawn cemetery at Rylstone due to the costs to establish it - up to $485,000. The Mudgee Guardian reports the motion presented…
May 10, 2019

NSW: Community Participation Plans - are you ready?

CCANSW member Locale Consulting has sent a reminder about The Community Participation Plan (CPP ),  a high-level document that describes how and when a planning authority, such as a local…
May 10, 2019

Last week's Tweeted News

The top tweet last week surely must have been about Lego's "Funeral Services Set". It, and other recent tweets are below.
May 08, 2019

Record Numbers expected at CCANSW Conference & Trade Expo

There are just seven days to the Conference and Trade Exposition, with a record number of registrants and visitors expected. If you are attending don't forget to share the experience…
May 07, 2019

Standards Australia Committee BD-071 Information

Official update from BD-071 (sanctioned by Standards Australia): AS 4204:2019 Headstones and cemetery monuments was published on 1st April 2019. This Standard was prepared by the Standards Australia Committee BD-071,…
May 06, 2019

Costs and pricing of NSW cemeteries under review

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is seeking feedback on the costs and pricing of interment services in NSW cemeteries.
May 06, 2019

UK: Crematoria Provision and Facilities Report

Here is the UK government's full response to a review it commenced in 2015 of the size and provision of crematoria facilities to make sure they are fit for purpose…
May 05, 2019

Hymns drop off top 10 funeral music choices in favour of Ed Sheeran

The Guardian reports hymns have been completely squeezed out of the top ten musical choices at (UK) funerals, with mourners instead opting for contemporary songs such as Ed Sheeran’s Supermarket Flowers,…
May 05, 2019

Last week's twitter feed

In India gravediggers say they will strike work if they are not paid their dues, a sci-fi plant pot for remembrance, why some are ditching the vault and coffin for…
May 03, 2019

CCANSW Members Alert: Website (Internet) Report to April 2019

I have added a website (internet) activity report to the papers for the Extraordinary General Meeting scheduled for 16th May 2019 at Parramatta. IMPORTANT: You will need to be logged…
May 02, 2019

GMCT invites you to have your say on memorialising pets

Greater Metroplolitan Cemeteries Trust (Victoria) cemeteries and memorial parks's Community Voice Panel is an online research program inviting you to share your opinion on a range of cemetery issues once…
May 02, 2019

Anzacs remembered at GMCT (Vic)

Anzac Day atGreater Metroplolitan Cemeteries Trust (Victoria) cemeteries and memorial parks was a chance to honour the thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who served and died during World War…
May 02, 2019

Finding your ancestors in GMCT cemeteries

The GMCT deceased search and GIS mapping system includes interment and cremation records for all Greater Metroplolitan Cemeteries Trust (Victoria) cemeteries and memorial parks, with the exception of Northcote Cemetery.…

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