Letters: Reserving plots and niches at our cemetery

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July 9th, 2018

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Dear Editor,
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IN reply to Betty Brown’s letter in last Friday’s paper, regarding reserving plots and niches at our cemetery.

When anyone reserves a plot for burial or niche in the wall after cremation, that money is immediately used for the maintenance of our cemetery, which is one of the nicest in our area especially our lawn cemetery. Council is not double dipping, as that money is not invested, but used to maintain the grounds, as rates do not cover cemetery cost. Surely people do not expect after 20 or 30 years, that there would be no further cost for up keeping it all those years.

The cost of funerals has tripled over of the last 25 years and so has wages and maintenance. At this time we have 60 niches reserved which may never be used and Council had to build an extra wall to accommodate recent cremations. So too with plots, there are many unused plots, as families move away we are unable to contact them, to find out if they are still required by their family. Those plots also may never be used, and in time Council has to purchase new land to extend the needs of the community, while the unused reserved plots remain.

I agree that this is a very emotional subject, and we all like to have our affairs in order, so as not to burden those left behind. But with increased costs, Council is not in a position to carry the increases over 20 or 30 or more years.

A portion of each burial cost or niche in the wall is used for maintenance of the cemetery; that is roads, water supply, fencing and mowing. All of these activities continue whether the plot or niche is used or not.

Hopefully this information makes things a little clearer at a time when families are most vulnerable and emotional. If you have a reserved niche in the wall, or a plot, please contact Council and be informed as to your situation regarding cost.

Mary Donnelly

Cootamundra Shire Councillor

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