Cemetery Advisory Committee celebrates project achievements at end of term

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The Cemetery Advisory Committee held its last meeting for this term of Council last month.

The dedicated group of volunteers from across Snowy Monaro have worked tirelessly over the past four years to ensure that our cemeteries are maintained with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Cemeteries are open to the community year round, and the Cemeteries Advisory Committee oversees all work undertaken in council cemeteries, including future discussions and planned improvements.

Some of the projects the committee oversaw in 2021 alone include:

• construction of a new fence at Old Adaminaby cemetery

• removal of dangerous trees in several cemeteries in the region

• elimination of rabbit shelters in several cemeteries in the region

• repairs to tombstones and monuments caused by winter storms and wildlife

This is a Section 355 committee, a critical part of how Council engages with our community. The committee includes community volunteers, Council staff and advisors who work together to manage and discuss the assets and infrastructure in our region.

The board would like to thank all committee members for their commitment to the community. Special thanks are due to former Councilor Sue Haslingden for her tenure both as chair of the committee and for her active participation in the cemeteries and crematoria of New South Wales.

Many of Snowy Monaro’s cemeteries are of historical significance to the region and are located in rural areas surrounded by farmland or reserves. The Council strives to maintain this rural character and to preserve areas of vulnerable and endangered native vegetation that are a common feature of cemeteries in our region.

The works planned for 2022 in the cemeteries in our region include:

• continue to improve the fencing of cemeteries throughout the region

• the addition of niche walls and memorial gardens

• removal of dead or dangerous trees

• rabbit elimination programs

Pests are an ongoing and serious problem in cemeteries. The Council has focused, in particular in recent years, on the eradication of rabbits. Native fauna like wombats are also a problem for our cemeteries with their penchant for burrowing. As it is a protected native species, their management requires the approval of national parks and wildlife.

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