This policy provides guidelines for families placing flowers
and tributes in the cemetery grounds.
Over the years, the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board (MCB) has received a wide variety of feedback regarding artificial flowers, tributes and their placement at the cemeteries under its management. The views are extremely broad, with members of the community holding sometimes passionate opinions at either end of the spectrum.
Given the increasingly large volume of floral and other tributes, and varying concerns expressed by the community, the MCB committed to undertaking a review of the policy in 2011. It was the first time since 1986 that a thorough policy review was implemented.
The review concluded with a public comment period in which the community were asked to respond to a range of points that were outlined within a discussion paper. Following the conclusion of the community consultation phase, a policy recommendation was put forward to the collective membership of the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board for subsequent endorsement.
The Board was highly committed to conducting a fair and appropriate review which included extensive community consultation. To this end, the Board appointed an external company to undertake a thorough research process based upon best practice community consultation guidelines.
Throughout the review there were a number of stages and varying opportunities for community input. The Board wishes to thank members of the community for their input and is satisfied that the revised policy is genuinely reflective of demonstrated community need.
The new policy is, in effect, a continuation of the old with several slight changes. These are as follows:
Once again, the Board thanks all the members of the community who provided input during the community consultation process for taking the time to provide us with their valuable feedback.