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Statement on vandalism at Northern Memorial Park

Issued 8 November 2021

Vandalism at Northern Memorial Park

A further act of vandalism has occurred over the weekend at Northern Memorial Park in Glenroy. Areas of Northern Memorial Park had been vandalised in an incident earlier this year. The police have been notified and are investigating.

The vandalism occurred overnight on Friday and 80 graves have had monuments or sculptures damaged. The sections of the cemetery with damage from the vandals includes: Snow Gum C, Sugar Gum A, B and C, Latrobe B and C and Hoddle A.

The CEO of The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust Deb Ganderton said GMCT is contacting the families who have loved ones interred in the gravesites that were vandalised to let them know and to help them understand how to arrange for the damage to be repaired. The cost to repair the damage to the vandalised gravesites will be covered by a Victorian cemetery insurance scheme.

Ms Ganderton said: “I am angry that this terrible criminal act has happened again.” GMCT is reviewing security footage and working with the police to provide them with information that will hopefully see those responsible charged.

GMCT had originally planned to consult with the community regarding the use of CCTV at Northern Memorial Park and other cemeteries in response to earlier community concerns over privacy.

Given this second act of vandalism and overwhelming community feedback GMCT will immediately extend their current security provision, including CCTV, at Northern Memorial Park.

About GMCT

Established in 2010, GMCT is a self-funding Class A Cemetery Trust regulated under the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 (Vic). We report to the Department of Health (DH) and are governed by a Trust appointed by the Minister for Health.

Our operations cover the north, west and east regions of metropolitan Melbourne, and we manage 19 cemeteries plus two greenfield sites. 

We are a trusted partner supporting Victorian families through their experiences of life, death and grieving. We provide burial, cremation and memorialisation services to meet the needs of our diverse communities, and we encourage families to plan ahead.