The City of Whittlesea has and still is expanding exponentially and significantly, the Yan Yean Cemetery is the sole operational cemetery providing a public cemetery service within the municipality. The Yan Yean Cemetery has identified and acknowledges the current and forecast escalating service demands of its community and strives to fund its service capacity and capability to attain statutory, regulatory and community objectives and expectations. The cemetery is transitioning from a parochial rural local cemetery to a contemporary municipal cemetery. Therefore, critical administrative and operational infrastructure reforms are required.
Examples of this include but are not limited to:
- Construction of and repairs to existing paths and roadways for safe public access;
- As the cemetery resides in a known high-risk wildfire area during the declared fire season, risk management of this is a priority;
- Infrastructure Technology upgrades to cemetery database for accuracy and cyber security of all cemetery records, accounting and OH&S, as well as other governance and administrative management software upgrades and expansions;
- Development and implementation of geospatial identification software;
- Contemporary security improvements to buildings and grounds cognisant of civil and building structure regulations & compliance; and
- Repairs to deteriorated infrastructure that meet OH&S and Worksafe requirements.
The Yan Yean Cemetery Trust is currently reviewing the cemetery's fee structure to ensure fees meet community expectations, and that revenue continues to fund necessary improvements and perpetual maintenance.
To ensure the community's views are considered, the Yan Yean Cemetery would like to invite the public to provide any relevant feedback to the cemetery trust regrading the cemetery's continuous improvement works and/or our fee review. Any written response may be forwarded by close of business Friday 30th October 2020
Your feedback on this subject can be provided in the feedback box below or alternatively by:
Post: Yan Yean Cemetery Trust
P.O.Box 409 Whittlesea Vic. 3757
Yan Yean Cemetery Management
COVID-19 - Update 27/10/2020
As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are constantly changing and affecting our lives, Yan Yean Cemetery is still committed in servicing the needs of our community and following the latest advice from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to adjust our services and practices to protect the health and welfare of employees, contractors and the community.
We encourage everyone to continue to follow all Victorian Government directives and take steps every day to keep ourselves and others safe.
We understand how difficult the current circumstances and its impacts are, especially during the loss of a loved one.
Updated Third Step restrictions from 11.59pm 27/10/2020:
- Face masks or face covering is compulsory.
- You can travel up to 25km from your home.
- Funerals are allowed with up to 20 people. This limit doesn’t include babies under 12 months of age, or the people required to conduct the funeral. If a funeral is held at a private residence, private gathering restrictions apply,
- Funeral Directors and/or the celebrant are required to keep records of each person attending a funeral, for contact tracing purposes.
- You can visit a cemetery with up to 10 people from different households may gather for outdoor social interaction on our grounds, if they are within a 25km radius. Children under 12 months of age are not included in the limit. All visitors must observe social distancing and mask guidelines.
For further information, please visit the DHHS website.
The use of our chapel and gazebo will continue to remain suspended until further notice.
The office also continues to be unattended as we are working remotely, nevertheless we will endeavour to minimise disruptions and to continue to attend to the needs of the community.
We are still operating and can be contacted by calling the office or by email:
Office: 9716 2619 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Face masks and/or coverings is mandatory
Plaque orders can be made by email or calling the office with the desired inscription.
Our gates remain open from dusk to dawn, we ask you follow current restrictions guidelines, for the wellbeing of everyone.
We ask you to follow the national guidelines and limit attendees to the allowed maximum. We recommend you bring your own bars, lowering tapes and/or device to minimise cross contamination, and lower the chances of spreading the virus, also the use of disposable gloves. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Monumental masons can conduct their work, subject to new regulations. Stone Masons are required to notify the office at least 24 hrs prior to attending, have a COVIDSafe Plan and follow any indications by cemetery staff.
Stone Masons should seek their own independent advice regarding their industry.
Grave selection at Yan Yean Cemetery has always been the next available grave in the area. Families can choose if they would like a Plaque Lawn, Headstone Lawn, Monumental Grave or Vault, but not the location of the grave site (see our memorial options page). This continues with the current circumstances and we strongly recommend families not go to the office as it is unattended.
During this difficult time, it is important to remember that we are a community and to look after one another, staying safe.
We thank you for your understanding and patience and we wish everyone to remain safe.
Yan Yean Cemetery Management
All temporary structures are strictly prohibited, any unauthorize structure, including: temporary fences, a box surrounding a grave site, matting, seats, etc. will be removed at the Trusts discretion. The Trust has a legal obligation to ensure the safety of visitors, contractors and staff, these temporary structures do not adhere to OH&S standards and can be dangerous and cause harm. These structures become the responsibility of families who place them, if an incident was to occur you may be held liable.
Cemetery Grounds Maintenance
We are currently experiencing a wet season, as a result there is a lot of water in the grounds causing some puddles and mud, please be careful while visiting the cemetery.
The Trust is committed in the maintenance of the cemetery grounds. One aspect is the health and the safety of the trees within the cemetery. A recent major assessment of the trees has been carried out by an Arborist, from the Arborist recommendations over the next 12 months there will be works on our trees, some more significant than others, this will include removal of dangerous and sick trees, maintenance and protection of existing trees, and replanting.
Fire Within the Cemetery
The Trust values and respects the traditions and religious practices of our community. However, we must uphold the requirements of the law.
On TOTAL FIRE BAN DAYS, it is prohibited to light candles, oil lamps or any flames.
On FIRE DANGER PERIODS please do not leave candles & oil lamps or any other flames unattended.
Fire Danger Period: 09/12/2019 - 01/05/2020
Yan Yean Cemetery Trust is not able to sell graves and cremated memorial options pre-need at this stage. All sites are reserved for at need use only.
Pre-need sale means a transaction for the sale of a Right of Interment (deed) concerning to a grave, vault or memorial of any type, which is purchased in advance of the need to exercise the Right.
At-need sale means a transaction for the sale of a Right of Interment (deed) concerning to a grave, vault or memorial of any type, which is purchased at the time of or in combination with a funeral booking.
The Trust apologises for any inconvenience caused due to current enhancements. Our staff and contractors will endeavour to minimise disruptions while works are being carried out.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, we are confident that the results will please and benefit our community.