According to the About Regional website as well as general maintenance requirements and the age-old question of whether there needs to be public toilets at cemeteries, the Bega Valley Shire Council’s cemetery review involves checking that local burial plots are actually ‘occupied.’
Grave-checking, as well as attempting to solve the mysteries of unmarked graves, is part of council’s ambitious plan to map each cemetery and digitalise the maps so that finding loved ones is easier, says Simon Schweitzer, principal consultant at Kategic Solutions, an independent company contracted by Council to consult with the public about future cemetery maintenance.
“There are eight to 10 graves in Eden we thought were full, but it turns out they’re not,” Schweitzer says.
“This is good news, as Eden is one of the three biggest cemeteries in the Bega Valley, along with Bega and Pambula and it’s the one that will likely run out of land the fastest.”
Gaining a few more plots will help but Schweitzer says that “space might be an issue in Eden in the next five years.
Bega Valley Shire Council is committed to the ongoing preservation and improvement of the Shire’s cemeteries. Council has engaged Kategic Solutions to undertake community consultations to understand community sentiment and views to develop a strategic plan. Consultation will be wide, enabling all stakeholders to be able to share their views and feedback on the long term vision of the Shire’s cemeteries. Please provide your valuable feedback via the online survey. Hard copies of the survey will also be available at the front desk of Council’s administration office and at the libraries located at Bega, Bermagui, Tura Beach and Eden.