Married couples who elect to bury vertically in one grave, rather than in two graves side-by-side, will pay 42% less for their burials and gravesite.

Announcing the new pricing, Northern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust CEO Pauline Triton said: “We are pleased to announce this significant price reduction for double burials under the protocol approved by the Sydney Beth Din a year ago. The new pricing is immediately available.”

The Northern Trust will also be releasing an additional 30 graves to their French’s Forest site at Davidson.

The same level of discount will be available at Botany and Woronora cemeteries also. The start date for Botany cemetery will be announced shortly, once the slightly different burial depths for sandy soil and the use of a new technology for grave separation have been approved by the Sydney Beth Din.

Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust CEO Graham Boyd also has announced allocation of an additional 120 graves for Jewish burial at Woronora, which will provide for the growing Wollongong-based Jewish community.

Consecration of the new Jewish section at Woronora will be arranged early in the new Jewish year.

Graham Boyd said: “David Knoll has been instrumental in making the needs of this growing community known to Woronora Memorial Park and the provision of an additional 120 consecrated graves is located in one of the most pristine and beautiful areas of Woronora.  These graves are currently being surveyed with special layout in accordance with the needs of the Jewish faith and community”.

The 42% discount has not been approved by the Rookwood General Cemetery Trust as yet.

Board of Deputies president Jeremy Spinak acknowledged “the outstanding co-operation of the cemetery managers at Northern and Southern, who have worked closely with David Knoll on behalf of the Board to negotiate this significant price reduction”.

Source: JWire