Grave promise to clean up cemetery
LISMORE mayor Jenny Dowell has promised that East Lismore Cemetery will be cleaned up by next week – weather permitting.
Cr Dowell and waste services manager Phil Klepzig met with disgruntled resident, Bruce Ravenscroft, at the cemetery yesterday.
Mr Ravenscroft had complained about the overgrown state of the cemetery where many of his family members are buried.
Cr Dowell and Mr Klepzig explained the council was doing the best it could but with the recent prolific growth and wet weather it was simply not possible to stay on top of the work.
With only $40,000 allocated from rates revenue to maintain cemeteries, it was unfeasible for council to get extra workers as Mr Ravenscroft had suggested.
Mr Klepzig said council was working towards a user-pays system which might allow for extra funding, but there was little chance of accessing more from an already overstretched budget.
The cemetery is host to a great number of prominent pioneers and as such Mr Ravenscroft believes more funds should be available.
Mr Klepzig said his team were very conscious of the significance of the cemeteries they maintained and did their best with limited resources.
“I spoke to the boys and they reckon they can get it done in three days and they’ll be trying their best to achieve that,” he said.
Mr Ravenscroft, who remembered that it took a team of four, 10 days to complete the grounds in the past, didn’t think that was possible. Mr Klepzig accepted the challenge.