From The Courier News Site: Across the country from capital cities to tiny country towns, somebody has to manage the business of accommodating the dead.

cemetery gate 400pxIn Victoria, cemetery trusts are the appointed bodies for the administration of our burial grounds. There are around 400 trusts in Victoria, managing every aspect of a cemetery’s functioning, from internment to memorial construction to general maintenance. Cemeteries range in size from the huge necropoles of Melbourne General, Fawkner and Springvale to small rural allotments of a few acres.

There are two classes of trust, A and B. There just five A-class trusts: Metropolitan General, Southern Metropolitan, Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat. The Ballarat General Cemeteries Trust, known as Ballarat Cemeteries, is responsible for both Ballarat New and Ballarat Old cemeteries. 

CEO Annie de Jong says the role of an A-class trust involves giving advice to B-class trusts, assisting them with the many tasks and requirements they can find difficult.

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