Here's a podcast from Melbourne radio station 3AW. Two 'jocks" want to find out why a) Scandinavian nations keep winning happiness polls, and; b) They are threatening to take Melbourne’s ‘most liveable city‘ title away from us. In the process they learn something about cemeteries:
Canberra families will have greater protections in perpetuity following the death of a loved one with new laws passing the Legislative Assembly today.
Dr Hannah Gould is a socio-cultural anthropologist working in Australia. You may remember that she was scheduled to speak at the CCANSW conference last May, which unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. Dr Gould recently spoke the Radio National's "Life Matters" about planning cemeteries for the future.
The ABC (AU) news site reports "Plans for a retirement housing project on the NSW Mid North Coast have been overhauled after the owners of the site discovered a century-old graveyard was beneath the surface."
The Geelong Cemeteries Trustis a not for profit Incorporated Trust, which operates under the provisions of the "Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003" of Victoria.
It was formed in December 1984 following the amalgamation of the Eastern and Western Cemetery Trusts and the Highton/Barrabool Hills Cemetery Trust.
What, if any, legal requirements regarding fencing around cemetery grounds are there?
In particular, what is the situation in NSW, AU
The Auckland Council in New Zealand is inviting citizens to have their say on improvements to bylaws about alcohol bans and cemeteries and crematoria.
Bega Valley Shire Council has contracted Kategic Solutions to assist in establishing where cemeteries need review. The local community is invited to have its say here.
The Port Stephens Examiner reports that a light will be shone on the lives and deaths of the 120 people known to be buried in the Port's oldest cemetery, at Birubi Point, in a new book by the Tomaree Family History Group.
A study from Reading University, UK, argues that diversity-ready cemeteries, crematoria and remembrance sites are a necessary but currently neglected aspect of an inclusive and integrated multicultural society, concluding that addressing these issues will contribute to greater social well-being and a more inclusive civic culture:
Australians are embracing new ways of commemorating the dead, including eco-friendly burials, raising new questions about how communities make use of traditional cemeteries, according to Claudia Hooper from the University of Melbourne.
According to this article in the Brisbane Times, fees and charges for Brisbane City Council's cemeteries and crematoriums have been removed from annual budget documents, with the council saying they were "confusing" for residents. Budget documents for 2020-21 released by lord mayor Adrian Schrinner on Wednesday provided details of the expected costs of all council services, such as parking, animal management, and development fees.
Congratulations to Bunurong Memorial Park (BMP) for being awarded the 2016 Runner-up in the American Cemetery Excellence Award. This is an excellent, well deserved achievement.
Good cemeteries don't happen by accident. They take thoughtful planning, dedication, a commitment to excellence, great leadership and, in the case of Bunurong Memorial Park (Victoria) innovative and client-centric thinking.
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.
The City of Calgary (Canada) wants to turn a plot of undeveloped land on the edge of the city into a regional park, playground — and cemetery.
Government News points out a recent IPART draft report recommends all cemetery operators, including councils, should be responsible for the perpetual maintenance of graves and should set up a dedicated fund to do it. The draft report on the costs and pricing of internment in NSW released last week, IPART says councils should provide costs and performance statistics on the Office of Local Government’s Your Council website as part of their annual reporting cycle.
Each week the CCANSW will feature one or two articles about specific cemeteries in Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the world, especially those we may not have yet have heard about, and your local ones that we ought to know about.
Legislation for the control and administration of cemeteries & crematoria in NSW
Dezeen magazine reports on "Cemetery Castel San Gimignano", which has been renovated by Italian architecture studio Microscape using local limestone stacked in metal baskets, or "gabions" that are more often found in engineering and construction works such as retaining walls.
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