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Pine Lodge and Kialla West Remembrance Parks

Heavy rainfall and cemetery flooding at some locations late last year resulted in many memorialisation items being displaced or lost, particularly at Pine Lodge and Kialla West which were entirely under water at one point and closed for up to six weeks as a result.

Items on graves

RPCV would like to clarify It is not the intention to remove everything from grave locations, only items that make areas unsafe, cause damage to sites or encroach on other memorial spaces, lawn, shrubs or trees.

Symons Lawn Area Works

The Symons Lawn Area at Eaglehawk Remembrance Park is closed due to damage caused by heavy rainfall and area flooding. We are working to repair the damaged and uneven ground and anticipate works to be completed by 9th January 2023. We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause over the holiday period; we are working to have the area repaired as soon as possible.

Holiday Opening Hours

RPCV wish you a safe and merry holiday season. Our office will be closed from 11:00am Friday 23rd December 2022 and will reopen 8:30am Tuesday 3rd January 2023

All sites now open

All our sites are now open for burials, including Kialla West Remembrance Park.

Impacts of continued and prolonged rain

Over the last few months, our grounds have been struggling to drain as quickly as they normally would, due to the continuous rain volume and the heavy-clay nature of the soil across our sites. We ask our community to take extra precautions when visiting our locations during this period of extreme rainfall. Due to the continuous rainfall, the areas of many locations are making the ground waterlogged and unstable.

Lawn Maintenance

RPCV strive for our memorial parks to be welcoming and inviting places for all people to honour and celebrate their loved ones. RPCV have a 10-day lawn mowing program to maintain lawn memorial areas to meet the expectations of our community and deliver inviting spaces for people to reflect and remember. Due to the recent wet weather, the lawn mowing program has been delayed. RPCV are working to trim lawn areas as soon as possible and thank you for your patience and understanding at this time. We are looking to add more resources in the coming weeks to enhance our lawn maintenance program.

New Services and Updated Fees and Charges

RPCV would like to thank members of the community, stakeholders, and our industry partners for their feedback on the recent exposure Draft New Service and Updated Fees and Charges published on the RPCV website in April 2022.

Scheduled Works - Eaglehawk Memorial Lake

Memorial Lake Eaglehawk Cemetery Planned Works (Next 2 to 8 weeks) The City of Greater Bendigo Council will be conducting works over the next two to eight weeks in the Eaglehawk Cemetery Memorial Lake. Works will include reshaping the edge of the lake and ridding the lake of Cumbungi weed which has been causing issues with flooding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please contact 1300 266 561 if you have any questions.

Reminder: Submissions close Tuesday, 3rd May 2022

If you would like to make a submission about the draft changes outlined on the New Services and Updated Fees and Charges page please do so no later than midnight on Tuesday, 3rd May 2022.

Season's Greetings & Holiday Office Hours

RPCV wish you a safe and merry holiday season. Our administrative office will close at 12pm 24th December 2021 and 3pm 31st December 2021. The office will be closed for the public holidays during this period. For all other days, RPCV will maintain its standard operating hours.

Public Notice

Old monuments considered unsafe or at risk of falling

Applications Invited for the Appointment of Members to Class A Cemetery Trusts

The Minister for Health, Martin Foley MP, is pleased to invite applications for part-time trust member positions on the following Victorian Class A cemetery trusts: • Ballarat General Cemeteries Trust • Geelong Cemeteries Trust • Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust • Remembrance Parks Central Victoria • Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

The Board (Trust) Update

Read about the recent changes to The Board (Trust) of Remembrance Parks Central Victoria

Face Coverings to be worn on all RPCV Sites

In line with the Premier’s announcement on 30 July face coverings will become mandatory in regional Victoria from 11.59pm, Sunday 2 August for all visitors and staff on all RPCV sites.

RPCV Office Now Open for Appointments

RPCV is very pleased to advise that the Eaglehawk administration office is planning to re-open to the public for appointments from 1 June.

Latest Update - COVID-19 Restrictions

The team at RPCV are committed to providing quality and caring service with compassion during these uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Update

- Our Eaglehawk office is now closed. We are still available to assist you with all enquiries including plaque arrangements, pre-purchases, memorialisation options, historical research and any other ways we can assist. This just means we will be assisting via phone, email or through the mail rather than by appointment in our office.

COVID-19 Response

The health and safety for all who visit or work at RPCV is our primary concern. Please read our notice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Day of Code Red Fire Danger - 21/11/2019

Thursday 21/11/2019 has been declared a day of Code Red Fire Danger by the CFA To ensure the safety of our community, all RPCV sites will be closed For any concerns please call 1300 266 561 In case of emergency contact 000

Media Release - White Hills Heritage Grant

This next twelve months will see the restoration of the historic gates and fence at the White Hills Remembrance Park. The cast iron fence and gates situated at the Holdsworth Road entrance are representative examples of typical nineteenth century cemetery features and were designed by Bendigo Architect William Charles Vahland in 1881.

Media Release - Victorian Cremations

The following media release provides some detail surrounding how you know a Crematorium is operating in your best interest and the benefits of local cremations in Victoria. This comes in response to a recent report by the ABC Four Corners program which revealed a disturbing trend of funeral directors moving bodies interstate for NSW cremations, where profit was prioritised over care of the deceased.

Media Release - Management of Pine Lodge & Kialla West Cemeteries

Remembrance Parks Central Victoria has been consistently working with the Greater Shepparton City Council over the past 12 months regarding the transfer of management of two of Shepparton’s cemetery trusts: Pine Lodge and Kialla West. The transfer of management for both cemeteries to Remembrance Parks Central Victoria will be effective on 1 July, 2019

Scheduled Development of Backhaus Lawn Area (White Hills)

Remembrance Parks Central Victoria have scheduled required infrastructure works to take place at the Backhaus Lawn at the White Hills Remembrance Park commencing late March 2019. Please read our notice for further details.

National Volunteer Week 2018

In conjunction with ‘National Volunteer Week’, Remembrance Parks Central Victoria (RPCV) is hosting a commemorative morning tea on Monday the 21st of May, 2018 for the 34 volunteers that currently operate within the business. This function will be held at the Eaglehawk Remembrance Park and will run from 11.00am – 12.00pm.

RPCV - CEO Resignation

Please see attached Media Release, as today our CEO Mr Graham Fountain announced his resignation after a five-year tenure. Graham leaves RPCV in a far better condition than when he joined, for which he is rightly proud and the Board are grateful. We are extremely thankful for Mr Fountain’s dedicated service and are in a very strong strategic and organisational position going forward.

Clean up YOUR Cemeteries Day 2018 - Wrap up

RPCV would like to thank all community members that volunteered their valuable time and participated in this year ‘Clean Up YOUR Cemeteries Day 2018’ on Sunday 4th of March 2018.

Tree removal notice

The Safety of visitors to our Remembrance Parks is our First priority

Seasons Greetings

Main Eaglehawk administration office hours for the Holiday Season.

Grave subsidence - Why do graves sink?

Grave subsidence refers to the appearance of graves ‘sinking’. This is an entirely natural process caused by loosened soil settling into place. Heavy and prolonged rainfall in particular will contribute to increased levels of grave subsidence.

Bendigo Carpark redevelopment

Commencing tomorrow you will see some works taking place around the main car park in the Lawn section of the Bendigo Remembrance Park.

Mortuary Chapel

An update of whats happening to our Mortuary Chapel.

ON THIS DAY... Angus Mackay (1886)

The 2017 'Scots Day Out' Scottish Heritage Tour this year will provide historical information about various pioneers of Scottish Heritage who are buried at Bendigo Remembrance Park including the Hon. Angus Mackay.

ON THIS DAY... Carl Unmack (1902) & Charles Julius Unmack (1917)

Carl Unmack, one of the earliest partners in the butchery trade in Sandhurst, died in 1902 and was buried at the Bendigo Cemetery on 21st of January. His son Charles Julius Unmack died on 21st January 1917 and was also buried in the Bendigo Cemetery on the 23rd of January, 1917.

ON THIS DAY... John Bain Wilson (1909)

J. B. Wilson was buried in the Bendigo Cemetery on 2nd January 1909 after passing away on New Years Eve in 1908. He was a well know and outstanding local Monumental Mason as well as a committed member of his local community.

ON THIS DAY... John Snaith Rymer (1806)

John Snaith Rymer was born on the 5th December 1806 and was a founding member of the Church of England in White Hills who was very passionate about all matters relating to the development of White Hills. He was buried at the White Hills Remembrance Park with his wife in 1876.

ON THIS DAY... Thomas Flanagan (1899)

On 18 November 1899 Thomas (Tom) Flanagan, co-founder of the Kalgoorlie goldfields in 1893, was buried in the White Hills Cemetery.

ON THIS DAY... Henry Avery (1883)

Henry Avery (one of the first Councillors elected when Eaglehawk became a Borough in 1863) died on 29th October 1883 and was interred in the Bendigo Remembrance Park on October 31st, 1883.

ON THIS DAY... The Red Ribbon Agitation (1853)

The Anti Gold License Association was formed in Sandhurst in June 1853 under the leadership of George Edward Thomson, ably assisted by William Dixon Campbell Denovan.

Damage at White Hills Cemetery

On behalf of the CEO Remembrance Parks Central Victoria, Graham Fountain please be advised of memorial damage to 11 graves at White hills cemetery earlier this week.

'Garden of Angels' Rejuvenation - Bendigo Remembrance Parks

The 'Garden of Angels' at Bendigo Remembrance Parks will be rejuvenated over the next couple of weeks as part of an improvements project that has been made possible with a grant from the Francis and Harold Abbott Foundation.

Eaglehawk Chapel Upgrade - Eaglehawk Crematorium

Starting Tuesday the 19th of April, Remembrance Parks Central Victoria will begin a series of works and improvements designed to upgrade the Eaglehawk Crematorium Chapel and its facilities.

RPCV's new Decoration Policy Guidelines

Consistent with its vision of nurturing enduring remembrance and to facilitate its mission to create and maintain enduring and accessible remembrance into perpetuity whilst delivering quality and caring service with compassion, RPCV has established these guidelines to enable achievement of its vision and mission.

Options to reflect on the departed

Remembrance Parks – Central Victoria, RPCV, [formerly Bendigo Cemeteries Trust] continues to evolve its services and products to meet the needs of a changing community.

ANZAC Commemorative Poppy Tile

In recognition of the ANZAC's and to commemorate the centenary of World War I, The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust in conjunction with the Returned Services League (RSL Victorian Branch), has produced a poppy tile that can be fixed to your plaque or post box etc.

Expired and Expiring Memorials at our Remembrance Parks

Have you got a loved one that was interred in one of our remembrance parks between 1970 and 1990? A recent look into cremated remains memorials has shown that some limited tenure memorials are expired or will be expiring.