SAFETY: Grave markers like this one maybe lowered in a bid to make the cemetery safer.
SAFETY: Grave markers like this one maybe lowered in a bid to make the cemetery safer. Craig Warhurst

Trust to vote on grave issue

NINETEEN families who may be affected by a Workplace Health and Safety review at the Gympie Cemetery have only days to wait until they find out if grave markers of loved ones buried in a new lawn cemetery will have to be lowered.

Yesterday Cemetery Trust president Lou Matthews said the board would vote on whether the grave markers would be lowered or not at this months meeting.

“There is no decision yet one way or the other,” he said.

But Mr Matthews said the board was anxious to get the matter resolved and it would consider submissions at Thursday’s meeting.

Early last month families were told graves marked with a 50mm granite base would have to be lowered as the height was considered a trip hazard to cemetery staff and pallbearers.

The Cemetery Trust sent a letter notifying the families a cemetery provided concrete base would be cut and their granite base would be set into the concrete.

But shocked families spoke to The Gympie Times and said loved ones should be left in peace and the decision was distressing.

Mr Matthews said he actively supported the trust’s decision to stop allowing the 50mm bases in the future but he could not comment on what the board may decide about existing 50mm bases.

He did say he was disappointed the families affected didn’t take up the issue with the trust in the first instance, instead of speaking to the media. “It’s best if they come directly to us,” he said.

So far a petition started by family members affected to try and stop the move, has gathered momentum with 545 signatures.

You can sign the e-petition until the end of this month at the Queensland Parliament website at www.parliament.qld.gov.au/– go to legislative assembly, petitions and search current e-petitions for Gympie Cemetery Trust or call into Member for Gympie, David Gibson’s office near the Sovereign Cinema.

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