Natural burial

Council may permit a natural burial in any grave plot within the Burnie Lawn Cemetery if satisfied there is no likely risk to public health or public safety.

There is no dedicated natural burial area within the Burnie Lawn Cemetery. 

The location of a grave, other than in a plot specified in a valid exclusive right of burial, will be the next available space in accordance with the layout and current use of the cemetery, and is at the sole discretion of the Council.

Natural burial is an arrangement for disposal of human remains by burial conducted in such a manner as to allow natural decomposition, including of any container, coffin or other material in which the remains are placed.

Natural burial requires human remains are prepared for burial without use of chemicals. 

Burial containers, if used, are entirely constructed of biodegradable materials.  Alternatively, the remains must be wrapped in a shroud of biodegradable fabric.

The following conditions apply in addition to any general requirement for burial of human remains –

a) single depth burial only; 

b) companion burial by subsequent opening of a grave is not permitted; 

c) handling and transport of human remains to and within the cemetery and until immediately prior to burial must be in an impervious conventional coffin to prevent discharge of bodily fluids, contaminants or infectious material, and otherwise without risk of harm to public health and public safety;

d) if a coffin used for the storage and transport of human remains is to be re-used, it must first be steam cleaned and disinfected;

e) remains must not be embalmed, and any preparation of the remains must involve the use of biodegradable products;

f) remains may be buried in a biodegradable container of any material or form, provided such container will fit within a standard grave opening;

g) if the remains are not placed in a container, they must be wrapped in not less than four (4) layers of a cotton or linen sheeting sufficient to prevent the leakage of body fluids;

h) an identification nameplate must be fixed to the lid of the coffin or container used to store, transport and handle the remains prior to burial

i) the identification nameplate must be -

i. removed and fixed to the lid of any biodegradable coffin; or

i. placed on top

j) the grave plot may be marked by an approved plaque supplied by the senior next of kin;

k) fees and charges will apply for the Council to dig and backfill a grave.  Council does not permit other persons to dig or backfill a grave