Home burial allowed
FAMILIES across the Bundaberg region with generational connection to properties 20 hectares or larger may have an opportunity to use sections of the property for burial of loved ones.
At its ordinary meeting, council adopted a policy addressing burial on private property.
Council’s health and regulatory services spokesman, Cr Wayne Honor, said a community inquiry had provided the impetus for the policy to be formed.
“The new policy closely aligns with one generated by the former Burnett Shire Council.
“Naturally, there are a number of criteria to be met regarding the eligibility to inter family members on a property.
“Foremost the property must have a rural classification and be a minimum of 20 hectares. The person wishing to be buried on the property must have a continuous linear family connection with the occupiers of the land, with a minimum of three generations being an appropriate guide.
“There is a requirement that the owner of the property pay a $5000 bond to ensure a registered easement is established from a gazette road to the plot, which must also have a minimum 20 square metres surrounding it.”
Cr Honor said there were many instances of family plots, notably on station properties across the Bundaberg region.
“Quite often properties have remained in the same family ownership for generations and people have a pioneering connection to that land and at times wish to utilise the property as their final resting place.
“This policy will ensure that if the eligibility criteria is met then the opportunity to grant that wish is available to them.”
Cr Honor said the policy would also provide information on the steps required to make an application to undertake the actual burial and the fees required.
Cr Wayne Honor The person wishing to be buried on the property must have a continuous linear family connection...