An Interment Right can be purchased as a "pre-need" (reservation) or "at need" (for immediate use).
An Interment Right is a contract between the Cemetery Operator (Council) and a Right Holder.
An Interment Right is an "interest" in the land but the Right Holder does not become the owner of the land.
Interment Rights apply to burials in earth, mausoleums, crypts, vaults and also Niche/Columbarium walls.
To make a reservation Council requires written application stating the cemetery, and area required. The application must state the full name and address of the person/persons to whom the Interment Right is to be issued. Once payment is received an Interment Right will be issued in the holder’s name, stating details of the Cemetery, Section, Row and Grave Number. The purchase of an Interment Right entitles the owner to, exclusive right of burial in one (1) grave site
The Interment Right may be transferred to another person. The transfer section of the Interment Right must be completed and returned to Council in order for records to be changed.
If the holder of the Interment Right dies or is not available the Interment Right is considered to be part of the holder's estate. The holder's executor or heirs and successors would usually administer the burial right under these circumstances.
It is the responsibility of the family to let council know if the deceased hold s a current Interment Right.
Up to two burials or the placement of up to four sets of ashes may occur in the same gravesite. However unless specified at the time of digging graves are dug to only accommodate one occupant.
Prior to a burial being conducted an Application for Burial must be submitted to Council at least two days prior to the burial taking place. The application must include a copy of the death certificate, coroners order or other order authorising the disposal for the body.
Council's fees associated with the Application for Burial can be found in Council's Fees and Charges and inclusions may vary depending on cemetery.
An application for burial will include Name of Deceased, Last address, Sex, Date of Birth, Date of Death, Occupation (if known), Funeral Director details, requirements of the plot (coffin/casket, dimensions), copy of Death Certificate.
Generally this document will be provided by the Funeral Director.
Maps of the cemeteries are available from council.
Council keeps a list of all people buried in council managed cemeteries. In order to maintain this upkeep, please provide all appropriate details to council when applying for burial or interment
Fees and charges
All fees and charges relating to councils cemeteries can be found in the fees and charges.
Fees associated with the Cemetery are subject to annual review and the cost of a burial may vary between issue of Interment Right and Burial.