An official opening and blessing of Cobram public cemetery's mausoleum marked the end of an expansion to accommodate 180 crypts.
The original mausoleum was built in the cemetery about 20 years ago.
The extension followed five years of negotiations between the Cobram Cemetery Trust and the Victorian Government's Department of Health and Human Services.
Trust president Dianne Lindhe said the project was a wonderful achievement.
“We had such a long battle and the extension on the mausoleum is great for the town and community because we were getting low on space,” she said.
Trust member Rachel McKay said the mausoleum was built during the coronavirus pandemic.
“It was built by about August-September last year,” she said.
The mausoleum was blessed by Cobram priest John Corcoran, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Moira Shire Mayor Libro Mustica spoke at the event, which was attended by Cemeteries and Crematorium Association of Victoria president Judith Voce and member John McCormack.
The original mausoleum was a vision of Italian community members who approached the Cobram Cemetery Trust.
The Cobram mausoleum was fully built with the funds from sale of crypts and the expansion was funded through the Cemetery Trust reserves.
Cobram Cemetery has a beautiful non-denominational Lawn Cemetery
The General Cemetery which is segregated into Roman Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Church of England and Seventh Day Adventists.
A Memorial Wall (ashes) is on top of the Hill between the Lawn Baby Sections.
A Mausoleum has been built with the funding of the Local Italian Community. Stage 4 is in the planning process.
The Cobram Cemetery Trust Mission is to care for the remains of the deceased.
We fulfill this purpose by delivering a high quality of service in an established environment.
...is to provide caring responsive customer service in a dignified manner, mindful and respectful of all customs and beliefs.
Cobram Cemetery is managed by a board of Trust Volunteers and is a not for profit facility under the Cemeteries Act of 1958.
Cobram General Cemetery is managed by a voluntary group of members.