According to a story filed by the ABC, the Gold Coast Mayor has proposed exhuming bodies from the city's overcrowded cemeteries to then rebury them stacked on top each other — the current policy of new burial plot purchases.
- At least two of the Gold Coast's cemeteries are almost full, prompting council to consider solutions
- Mayor Tom Tate has spoken to the Greek Orthodox church about exhuming a section and making it multistorey
- More land for cemeteries, burial-at-sea, and underwater cemeteries are also being considered
The controversial suggestion was raised during a closed Gold Coast City Council meeting where civic leaders were trying to address the problem of land shortage.
There are eight council-operated cemeteries on the Gold Coast and the city's oldest, Southport Lawn, is almost full. A local funeral director said he expects the cemetery to be full within two years.