Cummins Cemetery master plan welcomes change

UPGRADES: Some of the proposed upgrades in the master plan at Cummins Cemetery. Photo: Supplied.
UPGRADES: Some of the proposed upgrades in the master plan at Cummins Cemetery. Photo: Supplied.

The Cummins Cemetery master plan will bring with it a range of upgrades, including a push to allow interdenominational burials at the site.

The Friends of Cummins Cemetery (FCC) master plan key proposal included a new section of the cemetery to allow burials of all religious views, rather than the Catholic or non-Catholic options.

FCC chairperson Jo-Anne Quigley said the master plan had been in development since April last year, but the group needed to wait for council approval before moving forward.

“A lot of people had queried why we only had Catholic or non-Catholic burial plots,” she said.

“The group (FCC) has many cross religious views...and with the new land we thought let’s make it interdenominational.”

Mrs Quigley said due to legislation the sections could not be changed, but a new section could be added to include burials of all religious views.

She said the FCC did not want to upset or offend anyone with the proposed changes, but she believed the people of Cummins focused on embracing community rather than division through differences.

The Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council (DCLEP) will write to various churches in the area seeking support for the new section.

The master plan also included a new entry gate, candle pine trees to line the main pathway, benches, shelter options, a columbarium or cremation wall, and toilets.

The council’s 2019/20 financial year budget allocated $40,000 towards construction of a gazebo at the cemetery to allow on-site funerals.

Mrs Quigley, who is also the DCLEP mayor, said the group received donations from the community and was not specifically looking to council for funding.

“The cemetery has a very rural setting with the railway line on one side and farmland on the other,” she said.

“We don’t want anything to stick out like a sore thumb, we want to keep everything in line with the surroundings.”