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We engaged specialist consultant, Locale, to manage the community consultation of the Cemetery Strategy on our behalf.

Locale provided us with the community's feedback which can be read further down this page.

  • The strategy aims to:

    • renew our approach to maintaining Council-managed cemeteries and,
    • improve cemetery services into the future.
  • We want to:

    • ensure cemeteries are able to cater for future demands in response to a growing and ageing population
    • review our operations in the face of changing regulatory requirements
    • establish consistency across the Manning, Gloucester and Great Lakes regions.

The strategy identifies six principles for the future management of cemeteries across the region:
  • Environmental assets

    Be considerate of natural assets and environmental outcomes

  • Respect and care

    Respect and care for facilities and infrastructure

  • Heritage and history

    Document and celebrate heritage and historical opportunities

  • Accessible documentation

    Establish more accurate and accessible interment listings

  • Consistency

    Create and implement consistent policies and procedures

  • Cultural understanding

    Recognise and respect Aboriginal and other cultural needs

Following these principles, the report lists 30 recommendations, with 10 of those prioritised. You can view all 30 recommendations in Appendix C of the draft strategy.

View the draft strategy below

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Learn more about what you told us

This snapshot provides a brief overview of how our consultants, Locale, engaged with the community and the key themes that emerged.


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    September 2022 - June 2023

    Draft cemetery review documents developed

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    27 March - 14 May 2023

    Initial review and stakeholder consultation

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    1 December 2023 - 11 February 2024

    Public exhibition of draft Cemetery Strategy and Policy

  • Timeline item 4 - active


    Review of submissions

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    Late 2024

    Final documents to Council for endorsement

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, the Gathang-speaking people and pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who now reside in the MidCoast Council area. We extend our respect to elders past and present, and to all future cultural-knowledge holders.

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We are committed to engaging with our community in a meaningful way to support decision making, plan for projects, and to strengthen our communities.

By inviting your participation, we aim to create a sense of belonging, connection and involvement, and ultimately greater ownership of decisions by the whole community.

Have Your Say is our online tool for dynamic digital community engagement and provides an opportunity to stay informed and share what matters to you.