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Shepparton cemetery undergoes major clean-up

Neat and tidy: The Shepparton Cemetery is looking fresh after getting a professional clean-up. Photo by Megan Fisher
Sea of green: With winter approaching, the grass is coming out more, giving the cemetery a bit of colour. Photo by Megan Fisher
Trim and terrific: The cemetery is not in such a dire position as before after getting a fresh cut. Photo by Megan Fisher
The lowdown: Weeds and long grass no longer plague the tombstones of the cemetery. Photo by Megan Fisher

The Shepparton Cemetery has undergone a massive clean-up after dealing with a large amount of bindii and weeds during summer.

For three days a week over a period of five weeks, a garden company was contracted to clear out the weeds and long grass at the cemetery.

Shepparton Cemetery Trust president Margaret Stewart said it had taken a while but it was something that needed to be done.

“It has been a massive task, especially when we don’t make a huge amount of money and these things are very costly to employ people. So we’re doing the very best that we can,” she said.

“I’m really proud of how it’s looking at the moment, as it’s been a great effort to get it to this stage after so many years of struggle.

“We were also very lucky to have an ex-trust member come out with some hedge clippers and trim all our bushes and garden beds, which was absolutely wonderful.

“Two particular trust members have also been vital to the whole operation that’s been happening out there. They’ve gone beyond what I ever expected in help.”

Now that the cemetery is up to scratch, the aim is to keep it that way with the help of the trust’s maintenance workers.

In addition to this clean-up, the trust is looking to the future with more work under way. Plans include an extension to the lawn cemetery with the addition of flower beds, an added wall to the mausoleum and a renovated entrance to the cemetery.

The cemetery trust is still looking for more volunteers to help out. If you would like to get involved and volunteer, contact Margaret Stewart on 0427 211 947.