News

Grave depths hit rock bottom

Lismore Memorial Gardens co-ordinator Kris Whitney wants to remind people that double depth graves are still permitted. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Lismore Memorial Gardens co-ordinator Kris Whitney wants to remind people that double depth graves are still permitted. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

FOLLOWING confusion surrounding the digging of double-depth graves at Bexhill , Lismore City Council has cleared up the qualms.

The Northern Star received a call from a woman who said that she had heard that Bexhill Cemetery were not digging anymore double-depth graves, and was worried she wouldn't get the double-depth graves that her brother and herself had booked 19 years ago.

Manager of corporate services at Lismore City Council, Simon Adcock, has assured them that is not necessarily the case.

Bexhill Cemetery is still taking orders for double-depth graves, but they can't guarantee the grave will be dug deep enough to accommodate the double grave.

"It would be a question of whether we could dig that far down," he said.

If there is bedrock down there, he said, that causes problems and they can't dig any further past it.

Because Bexhill Cemetery is on a sandstone hill, he said, the digging can be "sometimes problematic."

Co-ordinator of Lismore Memorial Gardens, Kris Whitney, deals with all the local cemeteries and agreed with Mr Adcock.

"It's hard to get a double-depth grave on a hill made of sandstone."

"Whatever cemetery you're at, you can't guarantee a double-depth grave - you never know what problems you might run in to," Mr Whitney said.

"It can be done, but it becomes a huge cost burden to the family," he said.

Mr Adcock said that while "It's difficult to know exactly what we said 20 years ago," as far as they can remember, they always explained this situation when people were booking double-depth sites.

"We couldn't guarantee that we could dig that deep," Mr Adcock said.

"But we would still dig that hole, and if we couldn't dig that deep, we would offer a different site or offer graves side by side."

Mr Adcock said that they didn't want anyone hurt by confusion about the situation.

"We always will attempt to dig the double depth as requested by the family."

"When we're asked to dig a hole, we dig as far as we can."

"We will try to dig that deep (but) we don't know exactly where the bedrock is."

Anyone with any queries or questions can call Lismore Council on 1300 87 83 87

Deaths in Australia

  • Just over 141,500 Australians die each year.
  • On average, 65% of the dead were cremated in Australia in 2008.
  • The standardised death rate in Australia has dropped over the last 20 years.

Facts: Australian Bureau of Statistic and Cremation Society of Great Britain.

Topics:  graves



Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Is Brisbane the new arts and culture capital?

Check out GOMA's latest exhibition - it's all about hair! GOMA 10 Ambassador Patience Hodgson visits Nervescape V 2016 by Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter), commissioned for ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. 
Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA

THE rest of the world should be envious of this line-up!

Waterfront luxury in Tweed

14 The Mainbrace, Tweed Heads

Check out house of the week.

Tweed MP to fight to have daylight savings reduced

Tweed MP Geoff Provest want daylight saving reduced by one month.

Tweed set to fight to have daylight savings reduced by a month.

Live music: Boogie on down this weekend

Moreland & Arbuckle will be playing the Currumbin Soundlounge on Friday from 8.30pm.

Gig Guide: What's on around Tweed (Feb 23 - 27)

Local Partners

New festival joins Quiksilver Pro party

The Rubens, Beautiful girls join line up for inaugural festival

Live music: Boogie on down this weekend

Moreland & Arbuckle will be playing the Currumbin Soundlounge on Friday from 8.30pm.

Gig Guide: What's on around Tweed (Feb 23 - 27)

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

Bliss N Eso will play a tribute show at Coolangatta in honour of Johann Ofner. The stuntman died during the filming of the group's Friend Like You film clip earlier this year.

BLISS N Eso to play tribute show to raise funds for killed stuntman

Neil Finn to headline Bluesfest

Neil Finn, of Crowded House fame, will play in Byron Bay with his wife Sharon and their band The Pyjama Club on June 11.

DON'T dream, it's not over, Neil Finn to hit the stage

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

Ewen Bremner in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

Director Danny Boyle proves sequels can be done well.

How Karl Stefanovic's wife, kids found out about girlfriend

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough after their day on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Pictures splashed across tabloid were shock to family

WATCH: Toowoomba opera hopeful's incredible voice

Kaitlyn Orange attends Opera Queensland auditions at Empire Theatres for Opera at Jimbour, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Opera hopefuls vie for parts in performance at Jimbour House

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this home is beyond astonishing

Waterfront luxury in Tweed

14 The Mainbrace, Tweed Heads

Check out house of the week.

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!