Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who makes a funeral booking?
A: All funerals must be arranged through a Funeral Director who will contact the Cemetery office to make the necessary arrangements.
Q: What is a Right of Burial?
A: At the Wagga Wagga Lawn Cemetery Council owns the land and a "Grantee" is issued a Right of Burial. The Right of Burial is the "Exclusive" right to have themselves or any other person they nominate buried in that grave. Futhermore, the Grantee who has Exclusive Right of Burial is the only person who can authorise the placement of a memorial on that grave.
Q: Does the Grantee own the land where the grave is?
A: A Right of Burial is not a Title Deed to that land as many would believe. The Grantee's entitlements are limited to access to the burial site and right to arrange memorials.
Q: Can I transfer a Right of Burial to someone else?
A: You can transfer a Right of Burial to someone else. The "Grantee" who is issued the Right of Burial must either complete the bottom of the Right of Burial or provide written correspondence to Wagga Wagga City Council.
Q: What if the Grantee dies, who owns the Right of Burial?
A: The Right of Burial is considered to part of the Grantee's estate, to be administered by his or her Executor.
Q: How many burials may take place in a single grave?
A: All graves at the Wagga Wagga Lawn Cemetery & Crematorium, with the exception of the Forget-Me-Not and other baby sections, are double depth graves and therefore two burials are allowed in a single grave site.
Q: Can someone who is cremated have their ashes placed in a grave site?
A: Yes, ashes can be placed in a grave site, however memorial options must comply with the requirements of that section.
Q: Can I keep the cremated remains if I want to?
A: Yes. The cremated remains are the responsibility of the Grantee who is person who signed the paperwork with the Funeral Director. The Grantee may arrange a memorial and position, collect or scatter the remains.
Q: Where else can the ashes of someone who has been cremated be placed?
A: There are many single and double cremation gardens available at the Wagga Wagga Lawn Cemetery & Crematorium.
Q: Can I reserve a grave site or cremation garden?
A: Council allows grave sites and cremation gardens to be reserved by way of a reservation deposit being paid to the Cemetery office, with the balance to be payable when the gravesite or cremation garden is used.
Q: Can anyone place a plaque at a grave?
A: No. The Grantee is the only person who can make memorial arrangements unless written correspondence is received from the Grantee giving permission for someone else to make those arrangements.
Q: Who do I contact to arrange a memorial/plaque at the Wagga Wagga Lawn Cemetery & Crematorium?
A: All memorials components for the Wagga Wagga Lawn Cemetery & Crematorium must be ordered through the Cemetery office.
Q: Who do I contact to arrange a memorial at the Monumental or Rural Cemeteries?
A: The Grantee is responsible to arrange memorials directly with a mason who will arrange the necessary permit. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Cemetery office. Council accepts no responsibility for the condition and upkeep of the grave and any monument placed.
Q: What can I place at a memorial position?
A: Only flower containers/vases approved by Council and purchased through the Cemetery office are permitted. Cemetery staff will place the vase/s in an appropriate and secure position for that section. The placement or statues, figurines, toys, bottles, non-standard containers etc will be removed and disposed of by Cemetery staff.
Q: Who is responsible for the maintenance of memorials?
A: The Grantee is responsible for the maintenance of memorials and Council accepts no responsibility for the condition or theft of memorials after placement.
Q: Can I plant trees, shrubs, plants etc on a grave site?
A: No. The planting and maintenance of plants, trees, shrubs etc are the responsibility of Council.
Further information can be obtained by contacting
the Cemetery office on (02) 69226802.