Kyneton Cemetery will undergo a $214,000 upgrade thanks to a grant from the Andrews Labor Government’s Cemetery Trust Grants program.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, joined members of the Kyneton Cemetery Trust at Kyneton Cemetery to announce the grant.

The grant will go towards rebuilding public toilets and utility rooms at the cemetery to contribute to the amenity for all visitors to the historic cemetery.

The former, derelict public toilets were recently demolished, paving the way for calls for new toilet facilities to be built.

New storage and archive facilities will assist the Kyneton Cemetery Trust with equipment storage and to continue the important archiving work they undertake.

The Cemetery Trust Grants program aims to improve cemetery facilities, so families and communities can experience a pleasant environment when saying goodbye to or visiting loved ones.

Cemetery Trusts will share in $1.19 million to carry out general maintenance work, facility renovations and purchase or upgrade essential equipment to ensure the grounds are safe and more accessible for staff and visitors.

Works will also focus on public health and safety, improving record keeping and upgrading infrastructure.

The grants recognise the support a cemetery gives to local communities and understands the need to keep the facilities restored and make them as welcoming as possible.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas

“Cemeteries are important gathering places for friends and family to mourn and remember loved ones that have passed on. It’s important our cemeteries have the amenities they need to cater for the thousands of people that visit them every year.”

“I want to thank the exceptionally hardworking members of the Kyneton Cemetery Trust for making this grant possible. They do an exception job maintaining the Kyneton Cemetery, allowing it to look as good as it does today.”