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IF YOU visit a town with a well-looked-after
cemetery, they say it's a pretty good indica-
tion of the quality of the local community.
That's certainly the case at Korumburra.
And the fact is, the cemetery there has nev-
er looked better than it does right now.
The active local cemetery trust is always
committing to improvements, as part of an
overall development plan for this important
community facility, and in one of the latest
improvements, the South Gippsland Shire
Council recently completed an impressive
car parking area right along the front of the
facility facing Kardella Road.
Where once it had been a boggy road verge
where funeral goers and cemetery visitors
often got stuck, there is now a carpark that
would do a new supermarket development
proud, easily catering for the biggest, family
funeral, as it did last week.
Secretary of the cemetery trust for the past
20 years, Doug Close, is delighted with the
improvements made over the past few de-
cades and with the well-maintained, orderly
condition of the cemetery today.
"We have a very good maintenance person
in Andrew Seikman and we've made a lot of
improvements in recent years with more to
come, ” said Doug this week.
"The shire did an absolutely first-class job
with the car parking and that will certainly
hold the cemetery in good stead for years to
"We've also just received a new $20,000
grant from the Department of Health to go
towards sealing one of the main internal
"We've also got an additional 14 acres and
in a few years’ time we'll have to start open-
ing that up. We've had the project profession-
ally designed with all aspects covered from
the layout to the landscaping and over a peri-
od of time, we'll roll out those improvements
according to our long term plan."
As a result of the work of the cemetery
trust, the future is assured for the town and
district around Korumburra.
"We've got an active and dedicated trust,
headed up by Bill Ross. We've got experi-
enced people like Doug Boston but I'd say
there's been an almost complete turnover
since I started."
In recent times, a toilet block, maintenance
shed, gazebo and the like have been added
and the place is both welcoming and func-
"We're in a good position financially, which
we need to be.
"A few years ago, we put the fees on a more
sustainable footing, after being one of the
lowest around, but I think people generally
understand that," Mr Close said.
Most local country cemeteries will boast
one famous person or another buried there
but there's no Jim Morrison, Ben Hall the
bushranger or John Monash buried at Ko-
rumburra... or not that anyone knows, ac-
cording to Doug.
"As far as I'm concerned, the most 'famous'
people buried in our cemetery are the ex-
service personnel from this area who served
our country in war.
"Their graves are provided by the Depart-
ment of Veterans Affairs and hold pride of
place in our cemetery.
"For a lot of reasons I think it's important
that a community respects and honours the
residents who have passed on by maintain-
ing a good cemetery and I think we are doing
the right thing in that regard at Korumburra.
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KORUMBURRA Police have issued a warning
to members of the community against giving
bank details in response to telephone sales.
Their warning comes after several complaints
about offers of cheap funeral plans over the
phone in which people are asked to supply
their personal and bank details.
"The complainants say it sounds like the
phone calls are coming in from overseas," said
a police spokesman.
"Our advice would be ‘don’t give personal or
bank details over the phone’."
Why Korumburra’s cemetery takes pride of place
Secretary of the Korumburra Cemetery Trust, Doug Close, says it’s important for a com-
munity look after its local cemetery and they’re doing a fine job at Korumburra. M372417
There aren’t any particularly famous people buried at the Korumburra Cemetery but as
far as trust secretary Doug Close is concerned, it’s the ex-service personnel who take pride
of place. M382417
The condition of a town’s cemetery is a real barometer of community sentiment, according
to Korumburra Cemetery Trust Secretary Doug Close. M392417
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