85% agree: departed deserve better

THE ISSUE of cemetery maintenance on the Northern Rivers continues to stir interest with 85 per cent of respondents to an online Northern Star poll yesterday saying we need to do more.

Woodburn resident Bruce Ravenscroft raised the issue this week when he went to visit his father’s and son’s overgrown graves at East Lismore Cemetery.

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell agreed to meet Mr Ravenscroft at the cemetery today to discuss the issue further and explore ways improve council’s service.

Cr Dowell has a special affinity with East Lismore Cemetery having helped organise a memorial there to commemorate lost babies who had been buried in unmarked graves over the years.

Alstonville brothers Dudley, 86, and Roy Patch, 83, contacted the Star yesterday to express concern about Wollongbar Cemetery at the corner of Alphadale Road and Bruxner Highway, where they have close to 30 relatives buried – including Dudley’s beloved wife, whose grave he visits weekly.

Their parents were married in the former church across the road and are both buried in the cemetery.

Though the site was mowed this week, which both the Patch brothers appreciated, Dudley said sometimes it only got mowed once a year.

“I spoke to the caretaker about it once and he took care of it. He even sent me a photograph which I thought was very nice of them – but they obviously weren’t able to keep it up,” he said.



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