Cemetery Plan Adopted

Bass Coast Shire Council has allocated $50,000 towards projects from the Wonthaggi Cemetery Master Plan after it was adopted at Wednesday’s Ordinary Meeting.

Council’s General Manager Governance and Organisation Development, Mark Brady, said the Plan had been reviewed to incorporate the community’s feedback prior to adoption before it was presented to the Trust, being Council, for adoption.

“The purpose of the Plan is to improve amenity for members of the public and operational matters, and will inform the long term view that recognises the role of the cemetery over the next 100 years,” Mr Brady said.

“A targeted consultation process highlighted a number of issues ranging from poor records, to poor drainage, some frustratings including operational issues at community level and a lack of continuity in operational decision making.”

Mr Brady said a review of the fee structure was also undertaken and presented to the Trust for consideration prior to approval by the Department of Health.

“We found that current revenue raised isn’t covereing operational costs, let alone the capacity to set aside perpetual maintenance of capital works funding,” Mr Brady said.

“As part of the fee restructure, 30 per cent of the additional fees will be distributed between perpetual maintenance and capital works.”

“Council has been in constant liaison with the Department of Health who are the responsible authority for approving cemetery fees. The proposed fee structure is consistent with their advice and fees generally applied with like cemeteries.”

Now that the proposed fees have been approved by the Cemetery Trust, an advert will be placed in the local papers.

Written feedback on the fee structures are welcomed and will be received up until 5.00pm Friday, 14 August 2015.

The proposed fees for both Wonthaggi and San Remo Cemeteries and the Cemetery Trust report are available from basscoast.vic.gov.au/cemeteries.