The cemeteries in Tasmania are subject to the State legislation: Burial and Cremation Act 2002 . This Act makes provision for the establishment and management of crematoria and cemeteries, to provide for, and regulate, the handling and storage of human remains, to amend certain Acts and to repeal the Cremation Act 1934.
In addition, each council is enabled under the Local Government Act 1993 to make a by-law with respect to cemeteries. A cemeteries by-law enables a council to regulate and control the management of cemeteries on land owned by, or under the control of, the council.
Waratah-Wynyard Council maintains cemeteries at Somerset, Yolla, Mount Hicks, Flowerdale, Waratah and Wynyard. However, only the Waratah and Wynyard Lawn cemeteries are still in use unless there is a prior reservation for one of the other cemeteries. (Back to FAQ List)
Cemeteries in the Waratah-Wynyard municipal area do not have strict operating hours. (Back to FAQ List)
In Waratah-Wynyard, cemetery plots cannot be purchased in advance but are allocated when a funeral director makes application for a burial to take place. It is possible for up to three interments to be made in a single plot (dependent upon depth of initial interment), which effectively accommodates the need for reservations that can eventually be used by other members of the family of the person first interred. (Back to FAQ List)
Permits are obtained through funeral directors. (Back to FAQ List)
If cremation is chosen over burial, there are choices in where the ashes are then placed. Popular options are:
Ashes are not classified as "human remains" in the Burial and Cremation Act 2002 . Therefore there are no stated restrictions with regard to their disposal. However, as with burials, should you wish to inter ashes in a cemetery, please contact the Cemetery Manager. (Back to FAQ List)
Exhumation is the act of digging up a body for the purpose of reburial or for medical investigation.
If you wish to exhume the body of a relative for cremation or reburial in another location you will need authorisation form the Director of Public Health. (Back to FAQ List)
A burial on private land is a burial other than in a cemetery. If you wish to organise this written permission must be obtained by the landholder and the general manager of the relevant local council. Approval must also be sought from the Director of Public Health. The provisions covering burials on privately owned land are contained in section 41 of the Burial and Cremation Act 2002. (Back to FAQ List)
Whether a death is anticipated or unexpected, it forces us to deal with complex emotions and decisions during a difficult time. If you are needing help in this area Centrelink has a helpful online publication entitled 'Are you needing help after someone has died?' which may be of assistance. The Australian Funeral Directors Association also has information which can provide support at this time. (Back to FAQ List)
Contact can be made with the relevant cemetery manager on (03) 6443 8333. (Back to FAQ List)
The State Library of Tasmania has microfiche copies of the Tombstone and Memorial Inscriptions of Tasmania (TAMIOT), an index containing over 110,000 entries from 788 locations within Tasmania. To find out which branches house the index see the library's web site .