Condobolin Cemetery Policy

New Cemetery Policy for Condobolin on display

By Melissa Blewitt

 

It’s now time for Condobolin residents to have their say on the Draft Cemetery Policy.

The Condobolin Cemetery Committee met on Wednesday, 8 June and after a marathon discussion, tabled changes to the existing Policy that was put to the monthly Council meeting (15 June).

Councillors voted unanimously to put the amended Condobolin Cemetery Policy on public exhibition for a period of 28 days.

There are numerous changes the community need to be aware of.

If adopted, the Policy states burials can only be undertaken at the Condobolin cemetery under the control of a licenced funeral director.

A Funeral Director in charge of a funeral will be liable for the payment of any charges incurred in relation to the funeral.

Council at its discretion may enter into an agreement with any Funeral Director to allow a 30 day line of credit for the payment of any costs incurred in relation to funerals under the control of a Funeral Director.

In relation to Plaques and Monuments; Plaques are to be fixed to the plinth provided in lawn cemeteries and shall be a standard size of between 70mm x 30mm and 380mm x 280mm, etched in bronze with raised lettering.

The placement of plaques is also to be a duty of Council.

When plaques are received by Council, the family will be notified that plaques are going to be installed by Council, and Council will remove the temporary cross. Family members have the option to collect the cross from Council if they wish.

Two months after a burial, Council staff will level off the dirt in the Lawn Cemetery.

Vases, pots, ornaments etc are permitted to be placed on graves for a period of up to twelve months from the date of burial.

After this period ornaments or trinkets under 300 millimetres (mm) high be allowed wholly on each plinth space and that this condition will be retrospective and commence on 1 November 2016.

No motion activated devices are allowed in the Lawn Cemetery and a maximum of two (300 mm high or less) solar lights will be permitted.

The community can have their say on the amended draft policy by making a submission to Council by 4.30pm on 14 July.

Submissions may be sent to Council via  email: Council@lachlan.nsw.gov.au, by mailing them to PO Box 216, Condobolin, NSW, 2877 or delivering them to the LSC office in Molong Street. A copy of the Policy can be obtained at the LSC office, the Condobolin Library or at www.lachlan.nsw.gov.au

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