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Monumental Work

Monumental work refers to anything built on top of the grave. All monumental work proposed to a grave site is subject to prior approval of Council in accordance with the Monumental Works Policy. Council has final say on the location of the monumental work placed on each grave.

 

No approval will be granted for placement of masonry monumental work on graves less than 6 months old. This is to allow the ground sufficient time to settle to avoid collapse of the monumental work.

 

The provision, care, maintenance and repair of monumental works are the responsibility of the family or estate of the deceased. All monumental works is to be in accordance with the monumental work policy in respect to the acceptable Australian standard for restoration work.

 

Removal of monumental works. Usually it is not possible to re-open a grave for a second burial without risk of damage to the existing monumental works. The monumental work must be removed then replaced. Where monumental work must be removed and replaced this is to be arranged by the funeral director on behalf of the family or person arranging the funeral. Council is not responsible for the removal and replacement of monumental work to facilitate a second burial.

 

Monumental work removal must occur in reasonable time to prepare the grave plot for burial. The funeral director is to ensure that any monumental work removed for a funeral is replaced within 48 hours of the funeral. All replacement of existing monumental works is to be in accordance with the monumental work policy in respect to the acceptable Australian standard for restoration work.

 

Crypts or vaults are not permitted in Blue Mountains cemeteries.