The CEMETERY & CREMATORIA ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA (CCAWA) has issued a Communique about its recent activities, including a review of the "CCAWA Seminar 2022", an update of CCAWA board members,  the "Peter MacLean Award" and an acknowledgement of its sponsors.

CCAWA Seminar 2022

The 2022 CCAWA Seminar titled "Caring Hands and Compassionate Hearts" started with a Welcome to Country by our President Brad Smith followed by a General Meeting and the Annual General Meeting where the newly elected Board Directors were officially welcomed.

Our key note speaker this year, Laurissa Knowles, Celebrant and Counsellor in the south west of WA. Laurissa spoke on the importance of caring for ourselves as well as our family and her personal experiences in keeping a family together with a partner suffering mental health issues that finally took his life. She spoke of how she coped, helped her children and the support she received. Laurissa has used this life experience to assist her in helping others in her role as a psychologist, grief counsellor, celebrant and school chaplain on a daily basis.

Due to travel, organisational restrictions or illness, a number of our presenters were unable to attend in person. We had updates via video from Department of Local Government on the review of the WA Cemeteries Act 1986 and the Cremation Act 1929, as well an update from the ATO on GST on Grants of Rights of Burial.

Chris Harrington, ACCA Executive Officer and Adrian Barrett ADFA President provided a pre-recorded update on what has been happening with their organisations throughout the year.

Dr Simon Towler, is the clinical lead on the WA End of Life Care (VAD) Program and was a Ministerial Expert on the panel for end of life choices in WA. Dr Towler is very passionate and informative on the subject of voluntary assisted dying options and facilitated a well-received discussion from the members present.

Unfortunately our presenter on Monuments and Headstones was struck down with Covid at the last minute and unable to attend so her brother stepped in and provided members with an update on how and why monuments are chosen, erected and applied for to Boards and shires.
Our final speaker for the day was Stella Muspratt from the Office of Australian War Graves. Stella gave a very enthusiastic presentation on the role of the organisation and how they work to continue to support veterans and their families. A well supported question and answer session concluded her presentation.

Board Members

The CCAWA Board would like to thank our out-going member Joe Fortuna. It was unfortunate Joe was unable to join us on the day of the 2022 Seminar. We thank you Joe for your contributions over the past 2 years.

Congratulations to our re-elected nominees Anne Dixon (Secretary), Peter Tomlinson (Treasurer) and Gaye Newton (Director). We look forward to continuing to work together.

Lastly, welcome to our new Board member, Ben Mustard. It will be good having a Board member from an operational background and the insights you will be able to provide. He joins currently serving President Brad Smith and Directors Christine McGrath and Wendy Russell.

Peter MacLean Award

The 2022 Peter MacLean Award winner was Harry Taylor from the Geraldton Cemetery. Image supplied

Harry is a passionate grounds person. Under his stewardship, since 2017, the Geraldton Cemetery grounds have improved every year to attain the best-ever presentation and amenity.

Harry is always concerned with proactive and future planning to ensure that future visitors may enjoy more pleasant visits; through horticultural management, special zones and restoration and celebration of the cemetery’s history.

Unfortunately Harry was not able to attend the Seminar to accept his award in person, but was presented it later by Max Corrie, Chair of the Geraldton Cemetery Board Congratulations Harry.


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