The Cemeteries & Crematoria Association of NSW (CCANSW) invite you to the May 2019 Conference and Trade Exhibition, being held at Novotel Sydney Parramatta, Parramatta, NSW.

Conference Attendance Incentive:

Financial CCANSW Full Members are entitled to one free conference registration to all Thursday and Friday activities. For many Full Members, all you will need to pay for is accommodation, breakfast and travel! Your Councillors believe this incentive is a win for all members. Affiliate and Associate members will benefit from having more of their clients and potential clients (Full Members) at the one event, providing huge networking opportunities.

Trade Exhibition:

It is anticipated that the Trade Exhibition will include exhibitors from as many facets of the industry as possible encompassing:

  • cemetery grounds equipment (grave digging machinery, shoring systems, lowering devices, grave liners, lawn mowers, horticultural products),

  • computer software and geographical information systems, office equipment

  • bronze memorial and accessory products, aluminium grave marker and associated products, urns and memorial jewellery

  • monumental and mausoleum products and accessories, mausoleum designers and builders

  • protective clothing and equipment and more…..

The Trade Exhibition will run concurrently with conference sessions. Trade Exhibitor equipment demonstrations will feature at the Friday afternoon Rookwood General Cemetery tour. This is the premier and only event in NSW showcasing products/services specifically for the cemetery and crematoria industry.

Thursday sessions:

Will include a number of highly relevant industry presentations and the CCANSW EGM:

  • Robert Pitt: “Dying Changes”

  • Shawn Lafou: “Cemetery Cost Recovery”

  • George Simpson: “Past, present and future of Sydney cemeteries—land, affordability and evolving cemetery practices”

  • Thinking Outside the Box— A memorialisation workshop facilitated by Pamela Green

  • Extraordinary General Meeting: Updating attendees on industry activities and issues

  • Trade Exhibition.

Friday sessions:

Will include further industry presentations, a cemetery tour and Trade Exhibition machinery demonstrations:

  • Richard McCarthy OAM: “Honour Our Fallen”

  • Cemeteries and Crematoria NSW: To be advised.

  • Michael Robertson: “Understanding and Implementing AS 4204”

  • Cemetery tour to the Rookwood General Cemetery, including:

  • Cemetery tour

  • Trade Exhibition machinery demonstrations.

Detailed information on speakers and topics are featured on the following pages.

Networking Events:

    • Thursday’s Principals Sponsors Dinner: Join delegates at Sahra By the River. Serving magnificent Lebanese food to Sydneysiders for over forty years, this waterfront restaurant brings a chic Middle Eastern flavour to Parramatta.

    • Friday’s Principals Sponsors Dinner: Join the party, with dinner at the Coffee Emporium.

Cemetery Tour:

On Friday afternoon delegates will have the opportunity of visiting Rookwood General Cemetery (RGC), the oldest, largest and most multicultural working cemetery in Australia. Its grounds tell the story of Sydney’s history and cultural diversity, with more than 130 culturally specific and non-denominational lawns and monumental grounds that cater for burials and the interment of ashes. RGC also offer above ground crypts, mausolea, and memorials gardens and niche walls.

Rookwood’s beautiful and peaceful setting, along with its historic and modern structures, make it a fascinating place to visit all year round.

As part of the tour, delegates will have the opportunity of viewing machinery demonstrations, provided by the various Trade Exhibitors.

Following on from Mike Robertson’s morning presentation ‘Understanding & Implementing AS 4204’, the cemetery tour will also include practical demonstrations on interpreting the new standards and pointers on how to ensure headstones, monuments and commemorations are being built to adhere with AS 4204.

The demonstrations will be led by Mike Robertson, Christopher (Sach) Killam, Rookwood General Cemeteries, Martin Forrester-Reid, AlburyCity Council and Independent Chair AS 4204 and Glen Darroch, Globe Memorial Co Pty Ltd and President, Monumental Masons Association NSW. The above named representatives have successfully represented the industry on the Australian Standards Technical Committee BD-071, reviewing and redrafting AS 4204, Headstones, Monuments and Commemorations.

Conference Venue:

The Novotel Sydney Parramatta is a sleek glass landmark in the heart of the vibrant Parramatta “Eat Street” dining and nightlife district. The hotel offers an urban haven of calm, where business and leisure guests enjoy warm, gracious service just steps from it all.

The hotel’s location on the banks of the Parramatta River makes it a perfect centrally located conference venue, easily accessible by bus, train and ferry.

The conference will give members the opportunity to gain industry specific information. Cemetery and crematoria personnel will hear from and talk to leading industry specialists and have the opportunity to gain the latest product information from key industry suppliers. It will provide you with a platform to network with people who understand and identify with your issues and concerns. Don’t miss it!