From regional Victoria we have news that at the Katandra and Murrayville cemeteries, it’s the local football club that mans the digger and the shovels to prepare your final resting place.

Digging deep: Brandan Wardle, Duane Dudgeon, Kevin Teague, Brett Garner, Colin Barrett, Katandra, Corey Wilson and Ian White are among members of the Katandra Football Club who help dig graves at the Katandra Cemetary as a service offered to the community.Digging deep: Brandan Wardle, Duane Dudgeon, Kevin Teague, Brett Garner, Colin Barrett, Katandra, Corey Wilson and Ian White are among members of the Katandra Football Club who help dig graves at the Katandra Cemetary as a service offered to the community.

Members of the Katandra Kats and Murrayville Bulldogs have been digging the graves for decades, with the burial fee going towards the clubs’ fundraising.

Katandra cemetery trust volunteer Kevin Teague said usually there were just three or four burials a year, but 2018 had been a busy year with nine funerals.

Katandra and Murrayville are not the only cemeteries where you get such personal service.

At Cowangie in the Mallee a regular group of volunteers do the honours.

Jill Beer, of the Cowangie cemetery trust, said despite the sadness of the occasion it was something of a social event when the men get together to dig the grave and swap stories about the deceased.

At Underbool, they get in a contractor from Ouyen to dig the graves but trustees Neil Jackson and Tom Sprigg fill them in after the funeral to save the contractor making a return trip.

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