According to a report in The Mercury, the Anglican Church has claimed Tasmanians will not be able to afford to be buried with their loved ones if legislation aimed at protecting cemeteries at sites the Diocese wants to sell passes Parliament unchanged. The Government on Tuesday tabled in the Lower House its Burial and Cremation Amendment Bill 2018.
One of the amendments sought is for whoever placed headstones or monuments at grave sites would be responsible for their upkeep, while cemetery managers would be responsible for maintaining site infrastructure.
There is another amendment to prevent cemetery managers doing anything with their land until 100 years after the last internment unless they applied to the relevant regulator to close the cemetery.
Anglican Bishop of Tasmania Richard Condie is reported to appear displeased with the timelines the Bill allowed for change at cemeteries, arguing the cost of maintenance would be borne by families.