North Burnett cemetery's are being neglected and residents are not happy.
North Burnett cemetery's are being neglected and residents are not happy. John Gass /TWE040112ceme

Neglected cemetery leaves residents fuming

THE North Burnett Regional Council has apologised to the Eidsvold community after members of the public complained about the state of the cemetery this week.

In a fiery rant on Facebook calling out council officers, Christine Blucher Lister said she was pretty disappointed at the state of the Eidsvold cemetery and called on local council to act.

"As a mother, granddaughter, niece of our departed loved ones, whom forever rest in peace at Eidsvold cemeteries, the state of them with grass overly overgrown and unkept (sic) in appearance, I was disgusted,” the post read.

Mrs Blucher Lister said council should implement a work for the dole program.

"Yes I know Eidsvold has had much needed soaking in rain, but if the council are having a hard time maintaining its' mowing service to the community, implement a 'work for the dole' program, there is a lot around to be employed,” she said.

North Burnett Regional Council mayor Rachel Chambers said she was disappointed to hear about the complaint and said council would take action.

"As councillors we are ashamed and embarrassed when special community spaces like parks and gardens and most especially cemeteries are not maintained to our communities' expected standard,” Cr Chambers said.

Cr Chambers said the latest incident was due to staffing changes but made no excuses as to why the cemetery was neglected.

"Yes there's a reason for this as there has been some staffing changes and of course the beautiful rain has our staff running around everywhere but we offer no excuses,” she said.

"What we do offer is our humble apologies and a reassurance that we are working on getting this under control, not just for now but so this doesn't happen at any time in the future.”

Former Eidsvold resident Tania Hopkins said she was always "deeply saddened” when she went to visit her father's grave at how appalling it was.

"I am always deeply saddened by the state of the cemetery, rubbish everywhere, long grass, rabbit holes everywhere,” she said.

"I remember the way the grounds were always looked after and the pride and respect that was shown to our departed when I was growing up.

"In my opinion that all changed once councils merged and Eidsvold Shire Council was no more, I feel our little town's cemetery was just one of the things that has been forgotten.”


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