New Consultative Group on NSW Burial and Cremation Services

Media release | 29 July 2019

Interested members of the public are invited to apply for positions on a new Community and Consumer Consultative Group to provide input on the future of burial and cremation services in NSW.

Cemeteries and Crematoria NSW CEO Steffanie von Helle said up to 15 people will be appointed to the group in an advisory and volunteer capacity with applications closing on 9 September.

“Expressions of interest are now open for people wanting to join the Community and Consumer Consultative Group and I encourage anyone who is interested in contributing to apply,” Ms von Helle said.

“The Community and Consumer Consultative Group will provide an important service by offering public input on a range of topics relating to burial and cremation services in NSW.

“This will include input on the development of Cemeteries and Crematoria NSW’s strategic direction which will steer the future delivery of interment services with a focus on respect, affordability and sustainability, land availability and good governance.

“Other topics that the consultative group will contribute to include consideration of innovative future methods of interment that could in time be offered to provide greater choices for people in NSW, and also ways to improve the sharing of consumer information on burial and cremation services.”

Ms von Helle said applications are invited from both private residents and representatives of community service providers offering a range of values and perspectives.

“We are looking for a broad cross-section of people from a range of cultural backgrounds and consumer interests who can represent the diversity of the NSW public and provide valuable input and expertise on this important issue.

“Applicants who have knowledge of burial or cremation services and are involved in consumer, faith, Indigenous, cultural, local community or environmental activities are particularly encouraged to apply.

“Interment related community service providers are also welcome to apply including funeral celebrants, not-for-profit funeral organisations, ageing and welfare services, groups interested in cemeteries and crematoria such as ‘friends’ associations, and small suppliers of environmentally-conscious interment methods.”

Members of the Cemeteries and Crematoria NSW Community and Consumer Consultative Group will be appointed until November 2020 and will meet four times a year in Parramatta or Sydney with the first meeting planned for late 2019.

For further information about Cemeteries and Crematoria NSW and to apply online or email ccnsw.info@cemeteries.nsw.gov.au or call 02 9842 8473.