Improvements to Broadford cemetery

Broadford Cemetery Trust secretary Brian O’Dwyer, front right, with Broadford Community Bank customer relationship manager Leanne Paice and trust member Erin Chick, chairman Paul Fleming and operations manager Graeme Marshall.

By Jackson Russell

Broadford Cemetery Trust has welcomed the addition of a new shelter, paid for with a grant from the Wallan, Kilmore and Broadford Community Bank.

The $9000 grant allowed the trust to construct the shelter using Broadford builder JG Quality Homes and supplier SSS Bargain Building Supplies.

Broadford Cemetery Trust secretary Brian O’Dwyer said the community was more excited than the trust.

“Most of the community has made a comment about it because you can see it from Murchison Street,” he said.

“We’re really rapt with the colour of it as it blends in with the trees in the background, so it’s not something just stands out but it’s there and it really fits into the surroundings.”

The shelter is one of a series of improvements the trust is hoping to make at the cemetery, including the construction of new plots towards the back of the property, new cremation areas and a funeral space.

“We’re getting a lot more cremations now, which has saved us because we’ve only got approximately 25 years left in this cemetery for lawn burials,” Mr O’Dwyer said.

“Most of the memorial area is full and that’s all we’ve got, so we’ve got to be very frugal in the way that we utilise the space.

“We’ve built the children’s lawn area and then, in the future, we need to develop along the fence right along Piper Street.

“We do get grants from the DHHS that are very, very good and from Bendigo Bank and other providers, but we can’t be using public funding for a lot of these little things.”

To continue to make the improvements, Broadford Cemetery Trust has started a project to sell engraved pavers, which will be laid under the shelter and in the area surrounding it.

Mr O’Dwyer said the pavers would provide extra decoration for the shelter and could be used to memorialise family members or people who had made contributions to the Broadford community that were not buried in the cemetery.

“We’d like the community to get on board with those, that way that’ll pay for extra decoration on the pavilion, plus the pavers, seating inside it and we want to put some information boards around it, which will also help protect from the southerly breeze that comes through here,” he said.

“Hopefully people buying the pavers will subsidise that and we’ll have quite a good little centre.”

The price of the pavers starts at $60 for a single paver, moving up to $160 for three pavers. For more information or to download an order form, people can visit www.bfct.com.au.

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