In order to continue maintaining our cemeteries at their best and to help meet ongoing public demand, from time to time Adelaide Cemeteries re-uses certain graves. In accordance with Section 38 of the Burial and Cremation Act (SA) 2013, the re-use process entails consultation with our records, engagement with families via letters, notices placed on grave sites and public notices such as this in newspapers.
Family and friends linked to grave sites at Enfield are able to ensure that sites are preserved by renewing the Interment Right for a further term, and we encourage this renewal. If the Interment Right Holder or other eligible person chooses not to renew, they may apply to claim the memorial. Sites that are not renewed will revert to the control of the Authority and will be subject to re-use as per South Australian Government legislation.
While there were no plans in place at that time, there has been several factors which have accelerated the need to reuse expired graves at EMP. These include:
You still have plenty of time to discuss renewal/memorial claim with your family. Generally, there is at a least a 2-year period from the time notices are given to the time that unclaimed memorials are removed and sites resold. We recommend contacting us to find out more information which you can then consider when suitable.
Yes. Interment Rights can be renewed at any time during the tenure period – you do not have to wait until the Interment Right has expired. The period of renewal is simply added to the Interment Right, extending the expiry date. The minimum renewal period is five years. In most cases, Interment Rights that have expired can also be renewed. For more information please contact us.
Prior to expiry of the Interment Right, we will attempt to contact the Interment Right Holder and/or family representative to advise them of the renewal process. As such, it is important for families to provide us with their current contact details.
In most cases, yes. We encourage families to contact us to renew the Interment Right as this will ensure that the site is preserved and potentially allow the family to have further loved ones interred into the site. Renewal of the Interment Right also assists Adelaide Cemeteries to maintain the site and the cemetery grounds to a high standard. For more information please contact us.
Adelaide Cemeteries will write to the Interment Right Holder and/or family representative to advise them of their ability to renew the Interment Right. As such, is important for families to provide us with their current contact details.
We also place notification on the grave or memorial site asking the Interment Right Holder or any other interested party to contact us. Advice is also published in the Public Notices section of The Advertiser and on our website.
If after these actions and the Interment Right Holder or other interested party chooses not to renew, or a minimum period of 2 years has elapsed since notice was given and the interment right has not been renewed, ownership of the sites reverts to Adelaide Cemeteries. At this point in time, the site may be re-used in accordance with the Burial and Cremation Act 2013.
The process of reusing a site is undertaken with the greatest of dignity, care and respect. All skeletal remains are carefully recovered from the site and are placed within an ossuary box and re-interred at a lower depth in the same site.
When families choose not to renew the Interment Right over a site that is being considered for re-use, they may apply to the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority to reclaim the monument. For more information please contact us.
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