News

Cemetery neglect 'overgrown and unsightly'

OVERGROWN: Kathy Durrant has expressed concerns over the maintenance of the Laidley Cemetery. INSET: Overgrown grass and weeds at the cemetery.
OVERGROWN: Kathy Durrant has expressed concerns over the maintenance of the Laidley Cemetery. INSET: Overgrown grass and weeds at the cemetery. Tom Threadingham

VISITING a loved ones final resting place can be a hard and emotional experience.

It's even harder when that place is in an overgrown and unsightly state.

However, that's exactly the scene that confronted Kathy Durrant when she made the regular visit to pay her respects to her mother, step dad, brother and nephew at the Laidley Cemetery.

It's not the first time she was left disappointed either.

"I usually go every Friday to mum's grave and its been like that for years," she said.

"I've complained on a number of occasions (to council) and on odd times they have mowed but lately they haven't been doing it."

OVERGROWN: Kathy Durrant has expressed concerns over the ground maintenance of the Laidley Cemetery.
OVERGROWN: Kathy Durrant has expressed concerns over the ground maintenance of the Laidley Cemetery. Contributed

Fed up with the state of the cemetery, Ms Durant posted photos to the Memories of Gatton and the Lockyer Facebook page.

A member of the group then tagged Lockyer Valley Regional Council in the post.

Ms Durant said the following day council workers came out and mowed the Laidley Cemetery.

"It takes social media for the council to sort of do anything," she said.

"They got out here quick smart and did it on that Friday so why can't it be done without someone having to put it on social media?"

Ms Durant said it was sad to see the cemetery neglected.

"How would you feel if you were down there to see family and its overgrown?,"

"It's not just my loved ones but everyone's."

A Lockyer Valley Regional Council spokesperson said council took the utmost care in maintaining more than 6800 graves across the region's cemeteries.

"During peak mowing season, the region's cemeteries are scheduled to be serviced fortnightly, with lawn sections at Gatton and Laidley tended weekly. However, during seasonally high growth periods, this may not be achievable due to the larger volumes of vegetation work," the spokesperson said.

Council admitted the Laidley Cemetery had not been adequately maintained during the time Ms Durant's photos were taken.

"The photographic images supplied only represents one small part of the cemetery," they said.

"The Laidley Cemetery was serviced for Father's Day and again in the middle of September. Council recognises the area in question was not adequately maintained at that time, but assures the community this has now been addressed."

Topics:  laidley laidley cemetery lockyer valley regional council


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Fire ablaze in Morayfield

FIRE crews are battling a blaze in Morayfield.

Fire crews are battling a blaze in Morayfield.

Police warn residents as thieves target Burpengary, Narangba

POLICE WARNING: Police have issued a warning to Narangba and Burpengary residents.

Live in Burpengary or Narangba? You might want to lock up.

Centrelink, Medicare, Child Support to be hit by strikes

Centrelink will be hit by industrial action.

Customers being urged to look at alternative options

Local Partners

First he was arrested, then he stole and crashed the cop car

A police car has been stolen and crashed this morning in Bellemere - and the thief didn't even have the car key.

Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Countdown to Woodford Folk Festival begins

ECONOMIC BOON: Woodford Folk Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  Photo Contributed

The first larger-than-life inhabitants have stepped into Woodfordia

'I need to do what I can': 65km walk for cancer patient

Karlee Robinson is walking from Caloundra to Noosa for her cousin Aaron Parker, who has terminal brain cancer.

What do you do when someone you love has terminal brain cancer?

Sia, Keith Urban top Aussie Grammy nominations

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban at the 50th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards

Beyonce dominates with nine nods for 2017 Grammy Awards

Hailey Baldwin: I don't understand Taylor Swift's squad

Hailey Baldwin has taken a quick stab at Taylor Swift and co.

Taylor Lautner 'spotted smooching co-star'

Taylor Lautner has been romantically linked to Billie Lourd

David Beckham's tattoos come to life for UNICEF campaign

David Beckham has called for an end to violence against children

Pop star Liam Payne's Facebook hacked with porn

"Things that can happen to you when you don't have sex."

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather during his childhood.

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!