Issued: 26 July, 2021
Vandalism at Northern Memorial Park
The CEO of The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, Deb Ganderton has expressed her disgust and dismay at the act of vandalism over the weekend that caused damage to 64 gravesites at Northern Memorial Park in Glenroy.
Damage included the spray painting of monuments, the removal of gravesite memorabilia and the destruction of several pieces of monumental sculpture.
The vandalism occurred late Friday night or in the early hours of Saturday morning. The gravesites damaged by the vandalism were in the western part of the cemetery; in particular the following sections: Hoddle Monumental A, B, C, D, Hoddle Childrens, Latrobe and Lonsdale. Police are investigating.
GMCT has CCTV cameras installed at the cemetery. Night time security patrols occur at all GMCT cemeteries.
Currently, GMCT is in the process of contacting the families whose loved ones are interred in the gravesites that were vandalised. The cost of repairing the vandalised gravesites will be covered by a Victorian cemetery insurance scheme.
Deb Ganderton said: “This is a heartless and criminal act. Our hearts go out to our grieving families.”
She said GMCT is working with the police to provide them with information that will hopefully bring charges to those responsible.
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 and Human Services (DHHS) 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, including the greenfield site at Harkness.
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.