Cemeteries in Northern Victoria will receive grants as part of an $832,000 state-wide investment by the Andrews Labor Government to ensure the final resting places of our loved ones are maintained in a respectful manner.
Announcing the grant, the Labor Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp, said the funds would be used for fencing, new signage, building skills and I.T. updates.
The grant was part of 70 separate grants – most of them to small rural cemeteries – that will help provide much-needed equipment or assist with carrying out maintenance projects. They Include:
- $6,391 to the Granite Flat Cemetery Trust for fence and cemetery signage
- $6,000 to the Hopetoun Cemetery Trust for cementing under headstones
- $7,000 to the Merbein Cemetery Trust for legal advice on land acquisition
- $2,000 to the Ouyen Cemetery Trust for the purchase of a new laptop, printer and updated software
- $20,000 to the Kerang Cemetery Trust for a niche wall and new lawn section
- $1,150 to the Rochester Cemetery Trust for oversized grave covers
- $50,000 to the Shepparton Cemetery Trust for new and upgraded footpaths
- $9,000 to the Nathalia Cemetery Trust for digital mapping, a new website and database
- $7,000 to the Tatura Cemetery Trust for fencing.
The state’s cemeteries offer many unique insights into how Victoria has grown and developed.
The grants program helps Cemetery Trusts, the vast majority of which are run by volunteers, who maintain and improve cemetery facilities, so they can be utilised by many generations to come.
The general maintenance work, facility renovations and purchase or upgrade of essential equipment will help to ensure the cemetery grounds are safe for staff and visitors.
Works will also focus on public health and safety, improving record keeping and maintaining infrastructure.
The grants recognise the significance a cemetery holds within local communities, and the need to keep the facilities well maintained and make them as welcoming as possible.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Labor Member for Northern Victoria
“The Andrews Labor Government recognises the tireless work of local, volunteer-run trusts and their need for extra support to maintain our cemeteries.”
“In many cases local cemeteries provide a snapshot of the history and growth of Victoria so it’s important they are not neglected.”
“Family and friends deserve to be surrounded by a pleasant environment when saying goodbye to a loved one or visiting a grave, and this funding will ensure that happens at the cemetery.”