Memorials pay respect and provide a place for remembrance. By planning ahead you can ensure peace of mind.
There can be great comfort in establishing a permanent symbol to a loved ones remembrance - a point of focus and confidence in having created a historical record. A memorial for a loved one aids individuals in the grieving process and is a tangible record of a life lived.
Council offers a variety of memorials to meet the needs of families commemorating a loved one. To find out more about pre purchasing go to the Selection and Ordering page
Memorial sites in a memorial garden or columbarium wall are available for the placement of cremated remains.
Ashes memorial gardens
Sites are available at Mudgeeraba, Southport General and Southport Lawn Cemeteries. These can be purchased as a single, double or family site. Ashes are interred in the chosen site and a memorial plaque placed over the site.
Columbarium niche wall
Sites are available at Coomera, Mudgeeraba, Nerang, Pimpama and Southport Lawn Cemeteries. These can be purchased as a single, double or triple site. Ashes are interred in the chosen site and a memorial plaque placed over the site.
Mudgeeraba and Southport Lawn cemeteries have garden areas available for the placement of a memorial plaque only, where no interment of ashes is required.
A memorial plaque can be purchased through Council. The plaque will be supplied and fixed to a memorial rock within the chosen cemetery.
Additionally a request for a loved one's ashes to be scattered within cemetery grounds is available (subject to a small fee as per Council's Fees & Charges). A memorial plaque is purchased and details of the deceased and record of the scattering becomes a permanent Council record.
Lawn and Lawn Beam Sections (Grave Sites)
Lawn sections cater for burials where a monument or a grave surround is not required. A memorial tablet or plaque is placed on the grave site in accordance with Council's Local Law No 13 (Cemeteries). The remaining grave site surrounds are then turfed and maintained by Council staff.
There is to be no ornamentation on the grave or objects fixed to the plaque other than a Council supplied vase.
A memorial tablet shall have an upper and lower surface dimension of 530 millimetres x 530 millimetres and shall be either:
- moulded concrete block 40mm thick fitted with either a cast bronze, non ferrous metal or stone plaque which is not more than 6 millimetres raised above the surface of the concrete, or
- granite/marble tablet minimum 50 millimetres to maximum 75 millimetres thick
Memorial tablets may have a 13 millimetres diameter vase hole which shall be located 50mm from the top and situated on the vertical centre line.
Lawn Beam Sections
Council has recently developed a number of sections within its' cemeteries which are of lawn beam construction. These have been developed where a monument or a grave surround is not required.
Currently these sections are located at Mudgeeraba and Southport Lawn cemeteries. Specification for each cemetery is as follows.
A memorial tablet/plaque is placed on a desk in the beamed section in accordance with Council's Local Law No 13 (Cemeteries).The remaining gravesite surrounds are turfed and maintained only by Council's cemeteries staff. Council provides the desk for these sections at a small cost. The desk face size for holding Memorial Tablets within these sections is 480 millimetres (width) x 330 millimetres (height).
Plaques or Memorial Tablets to be placed upon these desks cannot be larger than the desk face size. Council staff only, are authorised to install the Memorial Tablet. Memorial Tablets not obtained through Council should be treated as per the instructions for Memorial Tablets for Lawn Sections as described above.
The following conditions shall apply to the erection and installation of a headstone / memorial tablet in the lawn beam (monumental) section of Mudgeeraba cemetery:
- It shall not be lawful to place, construct, erect, or maintain on or over or around a grave a wall, fence, slab, vault, monument, or other structure.
- A headstone or memorial tablet may be centrally placed on the lawn beam located at either the head or foot of the grave.
- Where a memorial tablet is supplied by Council, all costs of inscription shall be based on the range of approved specimen memorial tablets, and any additional costs shall be borne by the applicant. An installation fee as resolved by Council shall be paid for installation.
- Privately supplied headstones or memorial tablets require approval from Council. An application outlining the proposal of work is to be submitted to Council prior to any installation taking place. A fee as resolved by Council shall be paid on presentation of the submission.
- Materials permitted to be used in the construction of a headstone/memorial tablet can be either stone, concrete, metal or any other material which has a proven durability in excess of 70 years and is approved by an Authorised Person. Maximum width, depth & height of the headstone or tablet is 600 millimetres width, 300 millimetres depth, 600 millimetres height.
- A person shall not plant, tend, place nor keep nor cause to be planted, tended, placed or kept on a grave, a tree, shrub, plant, article or object.
- Floral tributes are permitted to be laid on the grave temporarily, and in the Council supplied vase but not otherwise.
- Any person who contrary to this local law or to any resolution made there under places, constructs, erects, or maintains a wall, fence, slab, vault, monument, or other structure or erection, vase or other receptacle, or plants, tends, or keeps a tree, shrub or plant on, over or around a grave shall be guilty of an offence and, in addition to any other remedy the Council may have, the sexton may pull down or eradicate, or cut down and remove such structure, erection, vase or other receptacle, tree, shrub, or plant constructed, erected, planted, maintained, kept, grown or tended contrary to this local law or resolution made there under. The provisions of this paragraph are in addition to and not in derogation of any other provisions of this local law.
A permit to construct a memorial tablet must be obtained from Council prior to work starting, download the appropriate form. Complete and submit with appropriate documentation and relevant fee.
- Contact your preferred funeral director to make arrangements for the funeral service and burial.
- If you or the family wish to choose the site for burial, please contact Council to arrange a meeting at the cemetery grounds.
- The funeral director will book the burial time and day with Council.
- An order for a memorial plaque can be placed with Council, please contact Cemeteries Administration to arrange a personal appointment or to have forms mailed to you.
Monumental Sections (Grave Sites)
Standard headstone and grave surrounds can be placed in monumental sections. Above ground vault sites are available at Southport General cemetery.
Headstone or monuments in monumental cemeteries may be installed by private arrangement through a Monumental Mason. Form 6 Monument Permit Application and relevant fee is to be forwarded to Council for approval prior to any work commencing on site. Detailed drawings, including dimensions are to accompany the application.
On receipt of the application a check is made to ensure construction will be in accordance with the Australian Standard AS4204-1994 (Headstones and Cemetery monuments) guidelines and the length and width of the monument does not exceed the gravesite dimension.
If a monument is not required a Council supplied memorial plaque can be installed on the grave as an alternative.
Application for this can be made through Council Administration.
A permit to perform monumental works must be obtained from Council prior to work starting, download the appropriate form. Complete and submit with appropriate documentation and relevant fee.
Written approval is required for a temporary monument to be placed on a grave site. A letter must be forwarded to Council outlining details of the temporary monument, including a time frame for completion of the full monument.
Responsibility of Burial Right Holder
Shrubs (not trees) may be planted on the grave site. Ongoing maintenance of the site and shrubs is the responsibility of the burial right holder and / or family.
Council does not accept responsibility for the maintenance of any monument. A monument always remains the responsibility of the burial right holder or family and descendants.
Council reserves the right to remove any monument (after due notice to the family or descendants) if it becomes a danger to cemetery staff or visitors. See below.
Excerpt from Local Law No. 13 (Cemeteries)
Removal of Memorials
- Council may remove or reposition a memorial in a council cemetery if it has become unsafe or has fallen into a state of disrepair.
- If there is no immediate danger to the public, Council must, before removing or repositioning a memorial, give members of the deceased's family whose identity and whereabouts are known to Council, reasonable notice of its intention to remove or reposition the memorial.
- Council is not obliged to reinstate a memorial which is removed or repositioned.