Geelong Cemeteries Trust would like to provide some insight into its operations in order to assist with community enquiries in response to the recent broadcast ‘After Death’ by Four Corners, which aired on Monday the 23rd of September.
Geelong Cemeteries Trust is a not-for-profit organisation that is heavily regulated under the provisions of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 of Victoria. The Trust administers 20 cemeteries across the Geelong region and exists to provide the community with a public service of burials and cremation.
Trust CEO Darryl Thomas OAM provided his perspective of the purpose and services of Geelong Cemeteries Trust, and what it stands for as an organisation.
“There are two distinct sections of the funeral industry – cemeteries and crematoria which are heavily regulated, and funeral directors, who do not have any unifying regulation at this point in time.
“Geelong Cemeteries Trust is founded on providing a high quality, essential community service at a reasonable cost. The associated fees are regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and are constrained to CPI increases. We strive to deliver our services with empathy and care under the strict regulations in which we operate.”
As the Geelong Cemeteries Trust operates within Victoria, the trust reports to the DHHS through the Cemetery Sector Governance Support Unit. Victorian cemeteries and crematoriums are part of the public sector and are therefore obliged to comply with the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003.
The Act exists to protect Victorians and their loved ones in the lead up to death and after death by enforcing full costs of the end of life process to be disclosed, the safe handling of records, and for Victorians to be cared for with dignity after death.
Geelong Cemeteries Trust’s stated mission is to achieve excellence in the provision of quality cemetery facilities and services for Victorian families and communities. The Trust have cared for the community and have been well trusted by the Geelong community for the past 180 years.
For further information about Geelong Cemeteries Trust and learn more about its services, visit https://www.gct.net.au/.
To contact the Trust, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 5249 3939.