The proper use of natural resources is vitally important for the cemetery and crematoria industry and it is essential that our operations have a minimal impact on the natural environment. The implementation of various environmental initiatives continues to strengthen our commitment to reducing energy and water consumption, enhance our material recycling, and provide effective carbon management initiatives.
As we begin to design a new memorial park for Harkness in the city’s west and continue to develop the River Red Gum precinct at Northern Memorial Park, we are keeping environmental considerations at the fore.
Re-naturing our waterways
In the north-east corner of Northern Memorial Park in Glenroy, rehabilitation work has commenced on the banks of Campbellfield Creek. Our plans include weed management, adjustment of the flood levee back to a more natural creek alignment and native plantings to promote habitat for small birds. Once complete, the rehabilitation will provide a peaceful sanctuary for cemetery users and the general public, who can access and traverse the wetland area on walking paths to be developed over the next twelve months.
Recycling our resources
Rather than sourcing a large quantity of crushed rock from a commercial supplier, the project team responsible for developing the River Red Gum precinct at Northern Memorial Park processed and crushed boulders cleared from GMCT sites over preceding decades. This initiative saw around 2,000 cubic metres of recycled materials used as the base for new infrastructure and pathways.
Natural Burial Options
Environmentally sensitive burial options allow you to choose a burial option that minimises the environmental impact of burial. The cemeteries that allow for natural burial are serene Australian bushland settings at both the Lilydale Memorial Park and Healesville Cemetery.
Natural burial is a more eco-friendly option that lessens the impact that burial has on the natural environment. Biodegradable coffins may be used, made from sustainable harvested, untreated timbers or recycled cardboard. Click here for more information on natural burials.
Living Legacy memorials
We are proud to partner with Living Legacy Forest to launch an innovative process to memorialise cremated remains in an environmentally sensitive way. Please click here for more information.