The Shepparton Public Cemetery in Victoria,  which in the past had only been able to offer burial services at its monumental and mausoleum sections, has opened a non-denominational lawn cemetery section.  Previously the only other local lawn cemetery offering  was at Pine Lodge cemetery,  which is operated by City of Greater Shepparton council.

Shepparton News reports Shepparton Public Cemetery Trust secretary Joanne Crowe saying the new lawn was ready to host burials for the public with people able to pre-purchase graves there.

“Now that restrictions have been lifted, people can pre-select graves in the new lawn section until further notice,” she said.

“Funerals are an essential service, so people can meet me or the sexton, walk through and see which grave they’d like.”

Mrs Crowe said burials in the lawn section would be more expensive than the other sections due to the "astronomical" rise in land prices as well as associated maintenance costs.

The Shepparton Public Cemetery Trust wished to make clear Shepparton Public Cemetery was not connected to the Greater Shepparton City Council, so all inquiries should be directed to Shepparton Public Cemetery directly.