• Brisbane City Council to make Cemetery Tour Operators Pay

    cemeterytour640.jpgThe Brisbane Times reports:

    Brisbane City Council will crack down on cemetery tour operators to ensure they contributed to the upkeep of many of the city's early residents' final resting places. The establishment of a new cemeteries restoration trust was approved in Tuesday's council meeting at City Hall and community services chairman Matthew Bourke said all tour operators would be required to pay an annual fee of $800 into that trust.

  • Crematoriums deemed a prohibited development in built-up areas

    Crematoriums will be zoned out of the centre of Tenterfield township and its villages, even though the prospect of anyone wanting to establish one there is slim, according to the Tenterfield Star (NSW).

  • Longreach Cemetery, QLD, AU

    Proclaimed in December 1891 and established in 1893 according the Council's website, the cemetery is located in the south east corner of the Queensland outback town of Longreach.  (map)

  • Mt Isa Council commits to $390k to make Sunset Cemetery, Mt Isa, QLD, shine

    Mt Isa City Councilis supporting the recently developed Mount Isa Cemetery Master Plan by starting work on revitalising the Sunset Lawn Cemetery’s carpark, which will kickstart future work including a new roundabout, bitumen-sealed laneways, and a new columbarium wall within the cemetery itself.

  • Nudgee Cemetery and Crematorium, Queensland, AU

    Nudgee Cemetery and Crematorium is owned by the Corporation of the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane and is part of the considerable estates owned by the Catholic Church in the area.

    It is the only major private cemetery in Brisbane, but despite its ownership, it is open to the deceased of all denominations.

  • QLD: Bundy funeral director wants to build a cemetery

    Bundaberg funeral company FC Brown and Co has sought to build a cemetery at 1 Von Deest St, Branyan, a site that accommodates a residence and crematorium, to help service the ~700 services that happen in Bundaberg each year.

  • QLD: Mackay Council crematorium D.A. veto angers local funeral director

    Mackay Funeral Director Jeff Boyle at site of proposed crematoriumNews received from North Queensland is that Mackay funeral home owner, Jeff Boyle,  has threatened to sue Mayor Greg Williamson after the council refused its development application for a crematorium. 

    Whitsunday Funerals and Crematorium owner Jeff Boyle was evicted from the Mackay Regional Council meeting after pointing and shouting at the Mayor.

  • QLD: Records indicate crematorium DA rejection was expected

    Jeff Boyle

    We recently told you  how Mackay funeral home owner, Jeff Boyle,  threatened to sue Mayor Greg Williamson after the council refused its development application for a crematorium. It's not quite dancing on the grave (according to the Daily Mercury) , but Mayor Williamson has now put the boot into Jeff, revealing that Council had told Jeff at least seven times the application would be refused. 

  • Queensland death-care industry pushes for better standards

    The Catholic Leader (AU) reports a senior death-care industry professional saying Queensland’s laws are “failing dismally” to protect bereaved families, while putting the health of industry workers at risk.

  • Remember when we thought "Pioneer" parks were a great idea?

    Gawler SA Pioneer ParkIf you've been working with  cemeteries for awhile you may remember how back in 70s to the end of the 90s many councils and public authorities thought the cemetery to pioneer park conversion was a great idea. It involved taking head stones off grave sites, sometimes turning them into a feature wall, at other times simply "disposing" of them and then turning the land into a park. Now read on about what's been happening in Queensland; 

  • Whitsunday Times: Queensland funeral industry remains under a dark cloud

    Jeff Boyle has revealed what he describes as "illegal” practices in an "unregulated” industry.

    The following was reported  in the Whitsunday Timeson 18th Jan 2018

    A PROSERPINE-based funeral director's campaign to expose the failings of the Queensland funeral industry gained creditability last week after an investigation was launched into a coffin switch in Rockhampton.

    Still his scathing condemnation of human remains transport systems, the awarding of state coroner contracts and calls for a shake up of the industry have so far gone unheeded.