According The Age, Banyule City Council (Melbourne) is calling for an expiry date on grave sites - including existing graves - to free up space at near-capacity city cemeteries and deliver additional funding for maintenance.
The Council has lodged a motion for Thursday's Municipal Association of Victoria state council calling on the government to change the Cemeteries Act to allow for ''limited tenure'' on grave sites.
Banyule mayor Wayne Phillips said the council's cemetery was full and it was time to make room. A grave site was ''a luxury in the inner suburbs with the shortage of land'' and a 25 or 50-year tenure for a grave site would be reasonable.
Cemeteries in South Australia and overseas already have limited tenure on grave sites.