LITCHFIELD Council in the Northern Territory could be relieved of the Thorak Regional Cemetery’s ongoing financial burden after years of financial loss.

A report commissioned by Top End Regional Organisation of Councils recommended the establishment of a minister appointed board with a budget of $400,000 per annum over four years.

The board would serve the needs of the Thorak Regional Cemetery through assisting overdue repairs, renewal and upgrade in the short to medium term and look at alternative long term options to help preserve the facility.

Thorak Regional Cemetery is the only active cemetery serving the greater Darwin area. Built on the old Berrimah Experimental Farm, it was opened in 1988 and named after Klaus Thorak, a distinguished veterinarian who looked after the farm's dairy cows.

Situated amid natural bushland, on gently sloping terrain, Thorak Regional Cemetery has respectfully served the local Darwin region for the past 25 years. Of the total 26 hectares, available, only 10 hectares are currently in use.

The landscaped open space, green lawns, gardens and shade provides a tranquil location as the final resting place for your loved ones.   

Litchfield Council Mayor Maree Bredhauer said council and the NT Government needed to work together to ensure a fair and sustainable outcome was reached.

Source & full story: NT News