The Andrews Labor Government is delivering upgrades and maintenance to Victoria’s cemeteries, ensuring these important spaces where Victorians reflect and remember those no longer with us continue to be preserved.

More than 70 Cemetery Trusts across Victoria will share in the latest round of funding through the 2021-22 Cemetery Grants Program.

As part of the almost $750,000 Labor Government program supporting Victorian cemeteries, Bunyip Cemetery Trust will receive a $12,000 grant and Warragul Cemetery Trust will receive $15,000 grant.

The funding will be used to install concrete slabs in the lawn section of Bunyip Cemetery and to construct a granite niche wall at Gulwarra Heights Memorial Park. Both projects will provide much-needed infrastructure for the operation of the cemeteries – benefitting staff, visitors, and the whole community.

The grants program provides financial support to help cemeteries, many of which are volunteer run, continue to function as peaceful and welcoming places of remembrance for the whole community.

The latest funding round will help secure the long-term future of these sites and provide them with the modern facilities expected by the community.

In total, $748,868.62 was awarded through round one of the 2021-22 Cemetery Grants Program, with applications for round two now open.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing MP

“The Andrews Labor Government recognises the important role cemeteries play in our communities, and these grants will provide cemeteries across West Gippsland with an opportunity to get those much-needed upgrades.”

“It is so important that communities have access to peaceful places where they can remember and grieve loved ones. This funding will help to provide the infrastructure and accessibility upgrades our cemeteries need – allowing all members of our community access to a place to pay their respects to those no longer with us and to give them a meaningful way to preserve the memory of those they have lost.”

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