SMCT LogoSouthern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) were delighted to host over 200 guests across government, industry and community for official opening of the Southern Aurora Centre at Bunurong Memorial Park on Sunday 17 April 2016.

The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP, Premier and the Hon Jill Hennessey MP, Minister for Health, joined SMCT Chairman Sue Renkin and CEO Jane Grover for the official ceremony.

Addressing the audience in the Cumulus Stratus Reflection Spaces, the Premier gave a resounding endorsement of SMCT’s visionary development of Bunurong Memorial Park.

‘’It’s the best of everything in every way. Responding to multiculturalism, responding to diversity, a modern picturesque and beautiful space, but one that is made all the better by the love, the care and respect that is shown to everybody who turns to this place… I think with facilities like this, I think with the culture that exists right across the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust - we measure well… I know this facility will be of care and comfort of love and support in the celebration of so many lives for many, many years to come.’’  - The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP, Premier of Victoria.

CEO Jane Grover shared her reflections on BMP and SMCT’s commitment to ensuring that everyone is able to honour and celebrate life in the way that they choose. ’First and foremost, we are here to serve the Victorian public in times that can be both difficult and uplifting… death ends a life, but not a relationship. Regardless of your place of origin or your cultural identity, SMCT ensures that your rituals can be observed and your ceremonies can be preserved.’’