Fraser Coast mayor Mick Kruger visits Hervey Bay’s Polson cemetery in July.
Fraser Coast mayor Mick Kruger visits Hervey Bay’s Polson cemetery in July.

Grave rule changes for cemeteries

RESIDENTS burying a loved one on the Fraser Coast, or planning on visiting friends and family who have passed on, should first get a copy of the new rules for our cemeteries.

You need to be certain about what you can or cannot do.

Councillors discussed the policy review for our lawn cemeteries in yesterday’s meeting in Maryborough’s City Hall.

Councillors agreed to implement the local laws for cemeteries until the new council local laws are adopted. Meanwhile they are being reviewed.

The recommendations that were accepted yesterday included only fresh and plastic flowers in standard plastic vases provided by the council to be permitted on gravesites within the Garden of Rest in the council’s cemetery lawn and beam sections.

A maximum of three standard plastic vases can be placed on a gravesite. These will be inspected fortnightly and old fresh or plastic flowers will be removed.

Remains of the fresh and old plastic flowers will go into the rubbish bin.

Trees and shrubs aren’t allowed. If you plant them the council will remove them “immediately”.

In lawn sections, wooden crosses, ornaments, jars, glass or ceramic containers will be immediately removed.

In the concrete beam sections, small ornaments or mementoes can be placed relating to the gravesite.

Mementoes and items put on new graves will be allowed to stay for six months from the date of burial. Non-approved items will then be removed.

Fencing, nameplates, tokens, toys, tributes, statues, figurines or temporary crosses are a big no. The easiest option seems to be if it’s made of wood, glass, metal or ceramic – or is a stuffed bear or favourite doll – put it in the casket.



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