Could Toowoomba face a future where caskets are no longer used, and people opt for a “natural burial” process for their dearly departed?

It’s a concept becoming more popular in the country and Toowoomba Regional Council have revealed whether the city has the scope for a natural burial site.

Nikembah Cemetery on the Fraser Coast is currently preparing for a natural burial site under their council’s watch.

Councillor James O’Shea said TRC had received limited interest from the public about a natural burial site but the idea was not off the cards completely.

“Over the past six years council has only had one inquiry regarding natural burial, however several religious groups choose not to use coffins, instead using shrouds and no embalming on a regular basis,” he said.

“While there are currently no dedicated natural burial sites, council aims to be as compassionate and accommodating as it possibly can be by allowing natural burials upon request.

“If the demand for this particular service changed in the future, council would consider the need for a dedicated site.

“Part of council’s 2015 Cemetery Master Plan identifies this as a potential development option, subject to demand but there has not been the demand to date.”

Cr O’Shea said works have been done to expand cemeteries in Yarraman, Millmerran, Evergreen, Drayton and Toowoomba.

If demand for more natural burials were to increase, council would consider it as a viable option.

Originally published as Natural burial: Will Toowoomba adopt new ‘clean’ burying option without caskets?


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