Locals are being encouraged to take responsibility for the graves of their ancestors, following claims Helensburgh Cemetery is looking a little worse for wear.
Many of the graves are more than 100 years old and that original section of the cemetery is now decrepit and unkempt.
Local Rob Deacon from (The Bombie Bar) spent a few days there earlier this year, restoring the grave of ancestors, and says it was an emotional experience.
“Austin was my Great, Great, Uncle. He was a Helensburgh miner who went to WWI and was killed in June, 1917 in Belgium. His body is still in Europe, but this is a memorial to him. “
“I spent about 8 hours bringing it back from a pretty decrepit state. It was actually a really emotional experience, sitting at the graveside of a dead relative and contemplating the sacrifice he made. ANZAC day was incredibly special for me this year.
“I’d really recommend anyone with family buried at Helensburgh take the time to restore the graves. So many are going to wrack and ruin because nobody is tending to them. They’re covered with years of mulch and need a little bit of TLC. “
Even though it’s a Council-run cemetery, the council is not responsible for the individual plots.
“Council maintains the cemetery while the grave sites are the responsibility of the family of the deceased,” says a Council spokesman. “As per Council’s policy from May 2014, Council is not responsible for the maintenance or repair of any monument or structure over a burial place. This is consistent with cemeteries
Photos:- thanks to Rob Deacon