In what would normally be a routine vote on accepting a council recommendation on its Fees and Charges Register for 2018/19, turned into an emotional drama at the May, City of Victor Harbor council meeting.
In protest to charges at the Victor Harbor cemetery, councillor Bob Marshall reached into his bag and placed on the table the cremated remains of four members of his family.
The action upset councillor Moira Jenkins who left the room and later returned to raise a point of order, stating that it was not appropriate for Cr Marshall to present his family’s remains in the Chamber as part of the debate.
Cr Marshall stressed it was not a stunt and wanted to raise awareness of the high cost to bury four relatives with his grandfather.
“I did not do this to upset anyone, I just would like to bury my mother, father, uncle and auntie in the family grave which is at the Victor Harbor Cemetery. The cost to bury them together is approximately $2000,” Cr Marshall said.
“This grave is here until 2099 and it would not be too hard for someone to bury these at this site where my grandfather rests. This is the family grave and this is where I want them buried.”
Alexandrina Council accommodates interments of ashes into general burial plots.
The fees for interment of ashes are $105, or an additional $255 on weekends, however if there is any memorial work/monument/slab in the way that prevents digging the hole to inter the ashes, this is the families responsibility to arrange removal.