According to this article in the Brisbane Times, fees and charges for Brisbane City Council's cemeteries and crematoriums have been removed from annual budget documents, with the council saying they were "confusing" for residents.  Budget documents for 2020-21 released by lord mayor Adrian Schrinner on Wednesday provided details of the expected costs of all council services, such as parking, animal management, and development fees.

 

But the section for cemetery charges, which covered more than five pages in the 2019-20 budget, was reduced to a single paragraph saying all fees would be charged at commercial rates set by council.

Last year the council came under fire for increasing the fees for infant cremations by more than 20 per cent to $687, putting the blame on the cost of having to outsource headstone creation to specialist stonemasons amid fears of silica dust exposure.

A council spokeswoman said the removal of the cemetery fees and charges was not an indication the council had privatised any part of the city's cemeteries.

Residents seeking information about the costs of burial sites, headstones and other services must now ring the council or search its website.

Labor deputy opposition leader Kara Cook (Morningside) questioned the decision to remove the fee schedules, saying the budget documents "contain less information each year".

The council manages 12 cemeteries and three crematoriums, where burials, cremations and memorials are held.

A lawn grave at the Mount Gravatt cemetery including a plaque will cost $4687 and a plot at the Hemmant baby cemetery costs $1251.

Fees for cemeteries can range from free for some services to up to $36,000 for a private vault in a "superior position".

Brisbane Council Cemeteries' current fees

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