Burial plaques stolen

Council is appealing for witnesses to come forward after the theft of 57 burial plaques from cemeteries in Murwillumbah and Eviron. Cemetery staff discovered the plaques were missing on 26 July 2021.

Council is working with the police to investigate the incident. Community members with any information are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. If you recognize the name of a family member on this list(PDF, 75KB), please call Council on 02 6670 2400 or email tsc@tweed.nsw.gov.au

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Council's cemeteries are situated in some of the Tweed’s most beautiful locations, providing peaceful and respectful surrounds.

Burial plots and memorials to store ashes at our cemetery facilities offer security and permanence for friends and family, giving them peace of mind that there will always be a special place to remember a loved one. All these services can be provided in one location, offering a more relaxed and less stressful day for family and friends.

We offer a full list of high quality and cost effective services, whether you are planning ahead for your own funeral or farewelling a loved one.

Council manages 11 cemeteries, ranging from the large regional facility, Tweed Valley Lawn Cemetery, to small village cemeteries.

Contact us

The Tweed Valley Cemetery Administrator is available during Tweed Shire Council business hours. Appointments are essential for all enquiries. Please phone to make an appointment to organise burial and ash interment sites.

Phone: 02 6670 2400

Email: cemeteries@tweed.nsw.gov.au

Postal address: PO Box 816, Murwillumbah NSW 2484

Main office: Appointments are essential for all enquiries. The office is located at 813-871 Tweed Valley Cemetery on Eviron Road, Eviron. Please see the Tweed Valley Cemetery Map(PDF, 280KB) for directions.

Office hours: 8.30am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays)

Cemetery opening hours for visiting grave sites: Vehicle access to the Tweed Valley Cemetery parking area is available from 6am to 7pm from the Eastern entrance seven days a week. The Western entrance will be closed at 4pm Monday to Friday and will remain closed on weekends and public holidays.

Pedestrian access available at all times from the Eastern entrance.

Private Burials on private land

Tweed Shire Council may consider an application for a burial on private property under the requirements of the Public Health Act 2010 and the Public Health (Disposal of Bodies) Regulation 2012.

As Council’s objective is to protect public health, no area can be used for private burials unless written permission of Council has been obtained.  See Council's Cemeteries and Private Burial policy(PDF, 60KB) .

An application is therefore required to be made in writing, accompanied by a site plan and the current adopted fee. No application shall be considered should the subject land parcel be less than 5 hectares.

Who to contact:

Further information can be obtained from the links below or by contacting Council’s Environmental Health Services on 02 6670 2400.

Note: Any application for the establishment of a private cemetery will be the subject of a development application and enquiries should be directed to Council’s Development Assessment Unit on 02 6670 2400.

Frequently asked questions

Can I scatter the ashes of my loved one at the beach, a river or a public park or reserve?

This practice is allowed throughout the Shire, however you are to ensure that discretion is applied so that the general public are not impacted or affected by the ashes being scattered (ie. be mindful of wind and it's direction before scattering of ashes) and that ashes are not scattered in the vicinity of bathers or beach users, or users of a park or reserve.

A record of the scattering of ashes can be recorded in Council's Cemetery database for a standard administration fee (contact the Cemetery Administrator on 02 6670 2435) that will record the deceased details and location of scattering.  This may be important for future generations looking for their family history.

What do I do when someone dies?

Contact the person's doctor. A doctor must certify that death has occurred.

In most cases, funeral arrangements cannot be completed until the doctor has signed and issued a Death Certificate. A funeral director can then take the deceased into their care.

In Australia, the great majority of deaths occur in hospital or other care facilities, where the facility's authorities take care of the medical formalities.

In certain instances, it might not be legally possible for the doctor to issue a Death Certificate and there is a need for police and coronial involvement.

Who is responsible for arranging a funeral?

In most instances, the next of kin is responsible for arranging the funeral of the deceased; for example, a spouse, child, parent, legal partner or sibling.

In the rare occasion there is a dispute and a legal will exists, the will's nominated executor is responsible for organising the funeral. The executor has the option to appoint a person to make the necessary arrangements with a funeral director.

If the deceased resided in an institution and had no known relatives, authorities at the institution might need to make necessary arrangements. This is usually done by a social worker or another authorised officer.