Making decisions about burials and the placement of ashes can be confusing. To make it easier, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers about Council cemeteries.
Contact Council to confirm the availability of a grave or allotment at your preferred cemetery. Council will also let you know about any special conditions or restrictions at the site.
To reserve a site, you will be required to purchase a Perpetual Interment Right. You must complete an Application for a Perpetual Interment Right(PDF, 114KB)
The holder of an interment right decides who can be buried in a particular grave or allotment.
To transfer an interment right to someone else, you must complete a Transfer of a Perpetual Interment Right by Holder form(PDF, 117KB)
Headstones or memorials are installed by a stonemason and require Council approval. Together with the mason you have selected, you must complete an Application to Carry Out Work in Cemeteries(PDF, 94KB)
Generally, your funeral director’s fees will include cemetery costs.
For a full list of cemetery fees and charges, see Council’s Schedule of Fees and Charges(PDF, 1MB)
You should contact a local funeral director, who will make arrangements with the cemetery or crematorium for the burial or placement of ashes and obtain any required Council permits.
Yes, provided you meet certain criteria. Council will also need to inspect the site. You must complete a Home Burial Application(PDF, 103KB)
It is possible to scatter ashes if you do not wish to place them in a columbarium or niche wall at a cemetery.
You do not need permission to scatter ashes at a Council cemetery. If you wish to scatter ashes in another public place, please contact Council for advice.
If you wish to scatter ashes on private land, you will need the landowner’s permission.
Yes, there is no requirement to place ashes in a Council cemetery.
No. The interment right holder is the only person who can make memorial arrangements. Otherwise, he or she can give written permission for someone else to make those arrangements.
No, Council is not responsible for the condition or theft of memorials after their placement.
Read our Fees, forms and factsheets page or phone our Customer Service centre on 6566 3200.