The newly established Port Elliot/Middleton Cemetery Advisory Group had its inaugural meeting on November 20, creating a framework from which to assist Alexandrina Council in preserving and maintaining the historic site.
It was decided that volunteers will safeguard the cemetery in a number of ways.
They will hold regular working bees to beautify the grounds of the cemetery through gardening, weeding and pruning; make recommendations to council for future development opportunities; and undertake history research to identify unmarked graves and assist in creating interpretive visitor information.
The group will meet on a regular basis to discuss ideas, plan ahead and set priorities for on-ground works and research, and seek interested members of the community to lend time, ideas and skills through becoming part of the advisory group.
There are currently eight members on the advisory group to represent the community interest in the cemetery.
Councillor Michael Scott is the elected member representative in the group, while the others are members of the public.
The group will next meet onsite at the Port Elliot/Middleton Cemetery on Lines Road, Port Elliot, on Saturday, December 8 at 9.30am.
If you are interested and would like to get involved, feel free to meet the group there at the meeting or call Alexandrina Council on 8555 7000 for more information.
The first recorded burial at the cemetery was in 1883, and there have since been 710 more burials and 41 interments of cremated remains.