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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Lismore cemeteries volunteer program launched

Lismore City Council has launched a new volunteer program to assist with maintenance of the city’s cemeteries and crematorium.

“The Friends of the Lismore Memorial Gardens, Crematorium and Cemeteries are a group of volunteers interested in the maintenance and conservation of cemeteries within the Lismore Local Government Area (LGA),” Council said in a statement.

It said the volunteers will assist with activities such as weeding, rose pruning, mulching, cleaning up leaves and sticks, cleaning headstones and plaques and removing degraded flowers and trinkets.

“This will be done in partnership with staff and in sections or areas of the cemeteries of interest to the volunteer,” Council said.

“The Cemetery Friends may also assist with promotional and research activities such as preparing tours and guided walks for community members, genealogical research and preparation of information materials.

“The program sets out to protect and maintain the integrity of the Lismore Memorial Gardens, Crematorium and Cemeteries in the physical, philosophical and spiritual sense with regard to Council guidelines and policies now and into the future.

To qualify as a member, you must live in the Lismore LGA or have family/friends interred at the Lismore Memorial Gardens or other cemetery and be able bodied to undertake such activities, Council said.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can phone Council on 6625 0500 and speak to the Cemetery Manager.

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