Jan Parker is fed up. As secretary and treasurer of the Yarrawonga and District Cemetery Trust she takes the care and maintenance of the local cemetery very seriously and she told the Yarrawonga Chronicle she is “appalled” that some people are treating it as their own personal dumping ground.FIONA BLICK January 7, 2014 3:50pm
“There has been a dramatic increase in rubbish being left on site plus someone or some people have been coming in and dumping what appears to be building waste including rubble, gravel, dirt and broken cement slabs right in the middle of the lawn area of the cemetery,” Jan said.
“It costs the Trust a substantial amount of money to remove this waste and what worries me is children have been seen playing on the large mounds.
“It isn’t stable and there are some quite sharp pieces amongst it and what if something happens to the kids, I am very concerned.”
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 also 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.”
Jan said the Trust is looking at ways to recoup any money spent on rubbish removal including raising burial fees.
“If the dumping of rubbish continues we may have to put our prices up significantly just so we can recover the costs of removing the waste,” she said.
“This is something we do not want to do but if we have to then we will.
“By everyone doing the right thing it will help to keep the costs down for people that wish to be buried in Yarrawonga.”
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