IPSWICH families have been given 21 days to remove trinkets from the graves of their loved ones buried at Warrill Park Lawn Cemetery - because of "workplace health and safety" concerns, according to an article in the Queensland Times.
Ipswich Cemeteries, which took lease of the Willowbank grounds from Ipswich City Council last June, has left letters on each of the graves in the nursery section asking families to remove all ornaments other than two standard vases as they "hindered maintenance" and posed a "safety hazard for visitors and staff".
Mary Beck said she was distraught when she found the letter on the grave site of her baby daughter Keira, who died in 2004 of a rare genetic condition.
"We can understand them wanting to clean things up, especially if something is old or broken, but let us bring a few little trinkets to our children for Christmas or on their birthdays - these are our babies," she told the Queensland Times.
Cr Andrew Antoniolli, chair of the Friends of Cemeteries group, said he felt for the families involved, but council policy had always been two vases.
"This is a hugely emotive issue and when it comes to our loved ones it can't get more emotive than a child," he said.
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