Designed by Ken Nakajima, a world-renowned designer of Japanese gardens at the time of its construction, the Japanese War Cemetery and Garden in Cowra, New South Wales, Australia, were opened in 1979. The second stage of development was completed seven years later, in 1986. A seven-year development project didn’t seem very long as it had taken eight years for the first stage to open after the Cowra Tourism Development decided to celebrate the town’s link to Japan.
An Australian innovation has allowed cremated human remains to be buried under trees in memorial forests. Cremated human remains contain high levels of sodium which can damage the composition of soil and prevent a plant from thriving. The innovation adds microbes to human ashes to neutralise pH and sodium levels which then allows the ashes to be infused with soil around trees.
New figures show a surge in the number of cases of silicosis, according to an article on the ABC (AU) website. A Silicosis taskforce member says every case of silicosis is evidence of system failure and NSW accused of failing to respond adequately to the crisis
Responding to popular demand, the Cemetery & Crematoria Association of NSW (CCANSW) has scheduled another Cemetery Safety course, to be held 7-8 November 2019 at the Rookwwod Cemetery. The course is suitable for all cemetery workers, and Full Financial Members of the CCANSW get their first two registrations free (see details & conditions below),