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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...

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