Taieri Beach Cemetery is in need of repair. Photo supplied.
Community help is needed to restore the historic Taieri
Beach Cemetery, Taieri Mouth Amenities Society president
Jeannine Basquin says.
The cemetery, which has been used since at least the 1880s,
is in need of restoration with many gravestones unreadable,
some grave sites sunken or cracked and some gravestones
toppled and broken.
''It would be nice if something could be done for the old
cemetery,'' Mrs Basquin said.
The amenities society had no immediate plans or funds
available for any restoration, she said.
The Taieri Beach Cemetery is maintained by the Clutha
District Council as part of its district-wide greenspace
At rural cemeteries such as Taieri Beach this includes mowing
lawns, interments and minor maintenance such as spraying.
A Clutha District Council spokesman told the Taieri
Times the maintenance of headstones, monuments and
concrete graves was the responsibility of the family of the
''No-one can carry out maintenance on headstones, monuments
and concrete graves without gaining the prior permission of
the family of the deceased,'' he said.
''There have been instances in the past where community
groups, albeit with good intentions, have embarked on
projects to restore old headstones only to subsequently raise
the ire of family members of the deceased.''
If the amenities society wanted to restore the cemetery, it
would need to contact the families responsible for affected
graves, he said.
The council did not have funding available to assist with
restoration, he said.
''Council can, however, remove any monument or other fixture
from a cemetery which has fallen into a bad state of
disrepair, in order to help keep the cemetery in a tidy
condition,'' he said.
Mrs Basquin said she would like to hear from people keen to
help with any restoration or those who who had advice on how
such a restoration could proceed.
To talk to the Taieri Mouth Amenities Society about any
possible restoration of the Taieri Beach Cemetery, contact
the president, Jeannine Basquin, on481-1919.