We asked for feedback on our draft plan for cemeteries, feedback closed 2 November and we received 44 submissions. The draft plan was approved by the Community Development and Services committee for adoption by Council at their December meeting.
The submissions are being analysed and will form part of a report to Community Development & Services committee for their meeting on 28 November. They will make recommendations to Council who will consider this at their meeting on 13 December. We will have a final draft plan on the website later in December.
In 2016, we asked for your input to help us develop a cemeteries plan. We listened to your feedback and it's helped us draft this plan. Now we need to know what you think of the key changes before we finalise the plan.
The community facilities strategy guides our plans for investment in facilities over the next 30 years. We want to ensure our facilities meet community needs and are cost-effective.
The draft plan proposes the following key changes:
• review how we fund cemetery services and who pays
• provide for more diverse options such as natural and eco burials
• improve amenities and make cemeteries multi-purpose spaces
• extend cemetery services to include heritage and genealogy research and heritage trails.