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Cemeteries

About our cemeteries

We look after the Wonthaggi and San Remo Cemeteries on behalf of the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services.

Our responsibilities for these cemeteries include:

  • reservations, plaques and memorial permits
  • arranging the maintenance of cemetery grounds and preparation of graves
  • record keeping and reporting
  • provision of information from records to members of the public (in accordance with the Privacy Act)
  • planning for future cemetery needs

Both cemeteries provide burials in either lawn and monumental sections or the interment of ashes in a niche wall and memorial gardens.

Cemetery Records

If you would like more information about the burial of a family member, please be aware many records were kept on a voluntary basis in the past, so some records are not complete. There is also information that may not be available due to privacy requirements under the Cemeteries Act.

You can enquire via email at cemeteries@basscoast.vic.gov.au.

Who is the contact for my local cemetery?

For more information on the Wonthaggi and San Remo Cemeteries, including costings, please contact the Cemeteries and Council Committees Officer on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.

The other five cemeteries within Bass Coast Shire are managed by Trusts. Visit the Victorian Department of Health's website to find the fees and locations of cemeteries and cemetery trusts.

Wonthaggi Cemetery Trust and San Remo Cemetery Trust Meetings

Wonthaggi Cemetery Trust and San Remo Cemetery Trust Meetings

Council previously held Special Council Meetings to deal with Wonthaggi Cemetery Trust business and San Remo Cemetery Trust business.

The new Local Government Act 2020 (Act) received Royal Assent on 24 March 2020 and has had a staged implementation - 6 April 2020, 1 May 2020, 24 October 2020 and 1 July 2021.

The Act no longer defines types of meetings as Ordinary or Special Meetings of Council.

Business relating to Wonthaggi Cemetery Trust and San Remo Cemetery Trust is now conducted within Council Meetings.

Friends of Wonthaggi and San Remo Cemeteries

Community volunteers play a role in maintaining our cemeteries. If you would like to assist with grounds maintenance at either San Remo or Wonthaggi Cemetery, please contact our Cemeteries and Council Committees Officer on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 or cemeteries@basscoast.vic.gov.au for more information.