FAQs

Why is it important i Memorialise My Departed loved one? 

Many people find comfort in having a special place to visit after the passing of a family member or loved one, even if the cremated remains have been scattered elsewhere.  A memorial is a symbolic place shared with family, friends and future generations.  

Geelong Cemeteries Trust offers a range of tranquil memorial options especially set aside for loved ones, including roses, shrubs, garden positions, family gardens, garden seats in our gardens providing a place for personal reflection and commemoration.

Please contact our friendly staff to make an appointment to discuss your memorialisation options.

I Don't Know About Selecting a Memorial. Where do i start?

It is always best to start at our Administration office.  We will check the records and advise you on permissible memorials for your position.  The Trust can arrange the memorial and installation for you or, if necessary, refer you to a Monumental Mason who can manufacture and install a monument on your behalf.

Please contact our friendly staff to discuss your options.

Click here for a list of Monumental Masons.

Can i arrange a memorial for someone whose cremated remains have been scattered elsewhere?

Yes, it is not necessary for the cremated remains to be placed within the memorial to create a place of remembrance within one of our cemeteries.  We offer a range of tranquil memorial options especially set aside for loved ones, including roses, shrubs, garden positions, family gardens, garden seats in our gardens providing a place for personal reflection and commemoration.  A written memorial in our Book of Remembrance is also possible.

Please contact our friendly staff to make an appointment to discuss your memorialisation options.

Who May Place A Memorial On A Burial Site?

In most cemeteries the Holder of The Right of Interment to the burial site (or if that person is the deceased, their executor, administrator or authorised person) is the only person who has the authority to place a memorial on a burial site or cremation memorial site.  Check with our cemetery staff first as prior approval will be required.

Where a person who is not the Holder of the Right and has no proof that they are acting on behalf of the Holder of the Right or the original Holder cannot be contacted (i.e. they are overseas or they are deceased), the Trust may be willing to accept a Statutory Declaration from the applicant, in addition to the completed application form.

What Type Of Memorials Are Available?

Most memorials fall into four categories:

When considering your selection, contact our friendly staff to discuss your options.

What can be pre-Purchased?

Almost everything is available to be pre-purchased - Graves, Burial Fees, Cremations, Cremation Memorials, Chapel Fees.

Please contact our friendly staff to make an appointment to discuss your options.

Does it Cost More to Pre-Purchase?

No, it does not cost more to pre-purchase, but it does offer the advantage of securing fees and charges at current prices, as well as ensuring your last wishes are fulfilled.

We are also pleased to be able to offer flexible payment options.  We do not charge any fees to enter into a flexible payment agreement. Click here for more information on our flexible payment options.

How do i organise a plaque for my loved one?

Geelong Cemeteries Trust offers a wide range of memorial plaques.  Plaques choices include granite, bronze and glass and can be personalised to include a range of options such as photographs and emblems.  A display of plaques is located in our Administration office located at the Geelong Eastern Cemetery.

Please contact our friendly staff to make an appointment to discuss your options.

Can i Insure My Memorial?

All Victorian Cemeteries are covered by the State Government's VMIA insurance to cover damage to memorials caused by malicious damage (vandalism) for further information, please contact Trust staff on (03) 5249 3939 or by emailing info@gct.net.au

Can I play  Pokémon Go in the cemetery?

The Geelong Cemeteries Trust acknowledges that cemeteries are public spaces and encourages visitation to the cemeteries we administer.

We understand the community interest in genealogy, history and culture, but ask that visitors treat our sites with respect and consider other visitor’s privacy.

This includes people visiting Trust administered cemeteries to use new technology, such as Pokémon Go, however we encourage people who play this game to act safely and to be aware of their surroundings and be respectful near funerals, our staff and other visitors attending graves.

For more information, please contact our friendly staff .

 

If my private land shares a boundary with a Public cemetery will the crown/cemetery Trust contribute to the cost of fencing?

No, where the Cemetery Trust is the direct manager of the adjoining Crown land it will not contribute to the cost of fencing. Cemetery Trust’s as managers of Crown land are excluded from the provisions of the Fences Act 1968 that requires property owners to share the cost of erection and maintenance of a common boundary fence.

 

what type of fence do i have to put up on my shared boundary with crown land?

Any fencing constructed must be of sufficient standard for the intended use of the private land, for example, a stock proof fence would be required to retain any livestock within the private property boundary.

Click here for more information - Act 2005 Fences - Establishing/ Replacing

                                                          - CCAV Fencing Responsibility

 

How do I contact a cemetery authority that is not administered by the Geelong Cemeteries Trust.

The Cemeteries Unit at the Department of Health and Human Services has a search tool to locate contact details of all Victorian Cemetery Trusts at: https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/cemeteries-and-crematoria/cemetery-and-fee-search

Green Funerals with The Geelong Cemeteries Trust

Guidelines for Natural Burials

Natural Burials Mentor Report