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Amendment to Cemeteries and Crematorium Bylaw

Council has approved an amendment to the Cemeteries and Crematorium Bylaw 2018, following community consultation. This change will allow the Council to be more sensitive to the varying needs of bereaved people, by allowing more flexibility in the decoration of graves.

Council approved the amendment on Wednesday 26 August 2020.

Background info

The amendment to the bylaw removes the restrictions on the use of construction materials to decorate the soil of a grave in the lawn cemetery.

Clause 11.7 has been revoked in its entirety. It read: "No person may decorate the soil of a grave located in the lawn cemetery with the use of construction materials such as concrete, stone or metal or with the construction of fences or pavement."

Other rules in relation to decorating the soil of a grave at Council cemeteries still stand, and grave decorations remain subject to other enforceable provisions in the bylaw.