Over $100,000 for Wonthaggi and San Remo cemeteries
Wonthaggi and San Remo cemeteries have both received grants totalling over $100,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services.
The Cemetery Trust, which oversees both Wonthaggi and San Remo cemeteries, completed grant applications for both locations in November last year and has been successful in both.
The Wonthaggi Cemetery application for $74,580 has been granted in full.
The grant will go towards the implementation of the Wonthaggi Cemetery Drainage Strategy, with works including construction and pipelines for a wetland retarding basin.
The Trust has also allocated $50,000 of Trust funds to undertake drainage works, as well as lettering and numbering of the lawn cemetery, which was identified as a high priority through the Wonthaggi Cemetery Master Plan community consultation.
The lettering and numbering works have already commenced.
The San Remo Cemetery application for $31,636 has also been granted in full.
The grant application focused on Health and Safety matters relating to trees, road access, earth piles and ground undulation.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, said the funding was vital to resolving issues identified at the cemeteries.
“A significant amount of work has been done to resolve these issues, and administratively, the Trust has succeeded in many areas,” Cr Crugnale said.
“Comprehensive work has been done to prepare and justify fee increases to enable the collection of perpetual maintenance and capital works funding, which will improve the ability for the Trust to fund within its own means for the future.”
The Wonthaggi Cemetery Friends Group has also been re-established. Anyone interested in joining the Friends Group can contact the Trust, care of Bass Coast Shire Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.