About The Banyule Cemeteries Trust
The Banyule Cemeteries Trust is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Warringal Cemetery and Greensborough Cemetery. Warringal Cemetery is the primary operational cemetery.
The Banyule Cemeteries Trust is managed by Banyule City Council under the Local Government Act. The Trust must comply with the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 and the Cemeteries and Crematoria Regulations 2005. All statutory requirements must be submitted through the Department of Health and require the signature of three Trust Members (Councillors). All cemetery trusts are incorporated. Banyule Cemeteries Trust is a separate legal entity whose one and only member is the whole Council of the Banyule City Council. The Local Government Act plays no part in the day to day operations of the cemetery.
Trust staff can be contacted on (03) 9490 4222 for any enquiries.
All bookings for burials in new or existing graves at Banyule Cemeteries Trust cemeteries (Warringal or Greensborough), must be made through a funeral director. Funeral Directors will make the necessary arrangements with Trust staff to have the grave opened and ready for burial on the appointed day and time.
Please be advised that:
- Warringal Cemetery currently has no grave sites available for sale. Occasionally graves may become available.Contact the Trust or a Funeral Director for clarification.
- Burials in the Greensborough Cemetery were discontinued in 1978. In 2003, the cemetery was reopened to allow burials in graves that had been purchased prior to the closure being made.
There are a number of ashes memorial positions available for sale for 25 year tenure or in perpetuity. For details on the process required for the interment of cremated remains, please refer to the document 'Information for Families', available under Related Information.
Members of the public can purchase ashes memorial positions at Warringal Cemetery directly from the Banyule Cemeteries Trust. Interment of cremated remains can be arranged in private graves or in any of the ashes memorial positions currently available for sale.
The ashes memorial positions are available in a wall niche, garden bed or around the historic cedar trees off Powlett Street.
Ashes memorial positions are available in the following areas:
- Wall Niche - A small wall niche area constructed just inside the main gate off Upper Heidelberg Road, Heidelberg. There are only a small number of positions available in this area. Special plaques seal the cremated remains into the wall niche and therefore must be ordered well in advance of the interment day.
- Garden Bed & Rotunda - Cremated remains positions can be found just inside the main gate off Upper Heidelberg Road, Heidelberg. There are quite a number of positions available in this area. Please contact Trust staff to make an appointment to select a position. Interment of cremated remains in this area can be made before or after ordering a plaque.
- The Cedars - Select ashes memorial positions are available around the cedar trees located in the lawn grave area, "The Cedars" off Powlett Street, Heidelberg. The Trust only allows 4 positions around each cedar tree. Please contact Trust staff to make an appointment to select a position. Plaques in this area are placed on small granite bases in keeping with the lawn grave plaques. Interment of cremated remains can be made before or after ordering a plaque.
Warringal Cemetery has constructed a memorial wall where families can place a plaque to commemorate a loved one. The memorial wall is ideal for those whose loved one's cremated remains may have been scattered elsewhere or where burial may have occurred overseas. Customers can purchase a position on the wall and then place a small bronze plaque with an inscription of their choice.
Trust staff can be contacted on (03) 9490 4222 for any enquiries, including making an appointment to view available positions.
Please download the following documents that apply to your needs:
Families are under no obligation to order a plaque through the Banyule Cemeteries Trust. Plaques are also available for purchase from stonemasons. If families wish to obtain a plaque through another source, the plaque must be made to the specifications of the Banyule Cemeteries Trust. Information on the specifications can be provided upon request.
All monumental masons/stonemasons must submit an application and appropriate fee (refer price lists above) prior to carrying out any work within the cemetery grounds. This application must be on the prescribed form - Application to Establish or Alter a Memorial - available on the Cemeteries and Crematoria Association of Victoria (CCAV) website.