• 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:

  • An article in The Conversation says "there’s a lack of new cemetery space in parts of Australia but we could solve that problem by burying the dead among newly planted vegetation belts near our towns and cities. Burial Belt is a proposal we’ve been working on for reinventing the Australian cemetery landscape by creating near-limitless land for burial. Our idea is currently on exhibition at the Oslo Architecture Triennale, in Norway."

  • The Mortonhall Crematorium in a multi-denominational crematorium in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is an example of Basil Spence's post-war expressionist style. Opened in 1967, the crematorium is set in mature woodland and is a Category A listed building. A walled memorial garden opened there in December 2015.

  • The following was broadcast on "Offtrack" (ABC Radio) back in June 2014. It remains topical:

    Fawkner Memorial Park burial groundsCemeteries present a number of unique challenges to gardeners and landscapers, not least of which is the need to plan for eternity. Ann Jones visited Melbourne’s Fawkner Memorial Park to meet the men and women who spend their days looking after people’s last resting places.


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  • Ed Ayres speaks to Tasmanian artist Selena de Caravlho, whose work deals with the idea of solastalgia (distress caused by environmental change) and distancing from the natural world. Her installation Beware of Imposters: The Secret Life of Flowers is inspired by the true story of an orchid – the last of its species – that lies in a Tasmanian cemetery.

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  • The Advertiser reports artwork to stir the emotions and symbolise togetherness was the brief from the Centennial Park Cemetery Authority that is thrilled with its statement sculpture, of a pair of hands, by award-winning artist Karl Meyer.

  • AULandscape.jpgThe Australian Institute of Landscape Architects recently handed out their trophies for landscape architecture projects at the National Landscape Architecture Awards.

    From urban hospital gardens to penguin viewing areas, from gorge trails to cultural precincts, all the projects focused on green spaces and sustainably minded infrastructure ‘to promote health, social and economic prosperity for urban and regional communities’.

    The Guardian has a montage of the award winners on its website.

  • We're pleased to learn that Bunurong Memorial Park has been shortlisted for the 2018 Melbourne Design Awards in Urban Design. And deservedly so.

    The design response was to re-imagine Memorial Parks ‘for the living’ –  using urban space to promote inclusion, respect and choice. It is a place of life, creating a deep connection between people and place. Bunurong Memorial Park is reflective of Australia's cultural diversity and all vegetation is Indigenous.

  • 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.

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    An opportunity to reflect upon life, in a pleasant outdoor setting, is provided at Lismore Memorial Gardens in NSW.  

  • GMCT landscape architect Hamish Coates is drawing on his passion for art and sustainability as he designs memorial parks for Melbourne’s fast-growing urban sprawl, including GMCT’s future 130-hectare cemetery at Harkness in the city’s west – set to be Victoria’s biggest new cemetery in more than 100 years.

  • City residents stand to gain significantly from the new urban forest vision outlined in the Living Melbourne strategic plan released today, the CEO of The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, Jacqui Weatherill said.

  • We love watching our gardens change with the seasons.The weather may have turned cold and gloomy but there is still plenty of beautiful colour in our gardens. At the moment, the last of the autumn leaves and the final blooms of our roses and hibiscus are on display. There are some beautiful native blooms appearing and the camellias are loaded with buds - they will look sensational in a week or so. Why not rug up and enjoy the winter sun with a stroll through our gardens?

  • This article is linked from Cemetery Planning Resource Alliance Studio. The article focuses on efficient memorial garden design in smaller areas.

    There is one upside to cremation for funeral homes and cemeteries: You don’t need a lot of space to provide families with opportunities for memorialization. If you have room for a garden, you have room for a cremation garden. This is the story of how one funeral home is turning a little extra land into a major new asset designed to serve the increasing number of families choosing cremation.

  • ArchitectureAU has a "long read" article about cemeteries and crematoriums. "The funerary landscapes of Australia were shaped by nineteenth-century ideas transplanted from London, with little innovation in the intervening years. As traditional cemeteries near capacity and the environmental consequences of cremation become apparent, Australia’s funerary industry is in need of more considered solutions for our final resting place."

  • A cemetery is designed for the next 100+ years so its masterplan is a vital document together with a clear business plan.  It is crucial to get both right, yet ensure they are flexible to cope with changing trends and growing environmental awareness.

    The presentation will take you through a visual tour of what makes a great cemetery masterplan, the importance of a masterplan brief, how to write it for a successful outcome and define what will make your cemetery a space to be proud of.

    Florence is Principal of Florence Jaquet Landscape Architect (FJLA).  She is a practising landscape architect in Melbourne and has worked in Switzerland, England and France prior to her arrival in Australia 30 years ago.

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    First in partnership with Paul Laycock, and now as a sole practitioner, she has been responsible for more than 60 projects for over 30 cemetery clients, here and overseas, ranging from planning to detail design.

    She has a particular interest in children sections, multiculturalism and environmental sustainability.

    She has recently completed her third extensive overseas cemetery tour to further expand her knowledge of trends and practices.  This time she concentrated on the issues relating to old cemeteries and the complexities of managing heritage issues, increasing pressures on diminishing space and a need to remain sustainable within restrictive legislation.  She also researched  successful natural burials in the UK.

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  • Victoria's Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust was recently announced as an implementation partner for the ambitious Living Melbourne strategy developed with Resilient Melbourne and the Nature Conservancy for a greener, more liveable Melbourne.

  • Domus Web has an interesting article about how "the cemetery of Neuköln has become a natural oasis within the city where to experiment new ways of using green areas that have escaped cemetification** (sic)". The article is accompanied by a collection of photo images.

  • Melbourne's Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust has an interactive "then and now" photo display on it's website. 

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