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Cemetery awarded facelift funding

The Yarrawonga and District Cemetery Trust has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Department of Health to undertake development work at the Yarrawonga cemetery.

FIONA BLICK April 23, 2014 2:32pm

Secretary/Treasurer of the Trust Jan Parker said she was absolutely thrilled at the announcement.

“It is extremely good news,” she said.

“The volunteers work so hard keeping the cemetery looking beautiful and now, with this funding, we will be able to develop the site even more.”

Plans include locating all the historical, unmarked graves and design a small garden bed on each of them to mark their site.

“Also, the lower areas of the cemetery will be built up and levelled out and we will be putting curbing and some form of guttering along the roads in the cemetery,” Jan said.

“There will be a working bee on Sunday, April 27 beginning at 10.30am to spruce up the cemetery in preparation for these new works to commence and volunteers are always welcome to come and help.

“It really is an exciting time for the cemetery.”

The Yarrawonga Cemetery is divided into denominational monumental portions with a lawn cemetery in its centre.

The cemetery occupies a triangular area at the junction of Gilmore Street and Woods Road on the southern side of town, with the entrance in Gilmore Street.

Jan said she is concerned some mourners continue to bring glass bottles and vases into the cemetery even though there is a ‘no glass’ policy.

“We operate under strict guidelines set by the Department of Health and the Trust is run completely by volunteers,” Jan said.

“Bringing glass into the area does create a safety issue and the entry board to the cemetery clearly states the procedures to follow.”

Anyone wishing to help in the cemetery working bee or requires more information please phone Jan Parker on 0427883264.


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