Our continuing care of the cemetery
We are proud of our grounds and special cemetery spaces.
Our team across the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust work around the year to keep the grounds at Cheltenham Pioneer Cemetery in pristine condition. The team consists of outdoor employees, who cover horticulture, grave-digging, and general maintenance.
Recycling and water
At Cheltenham Pioneer Cemetery we are dedicated to recycling and green technologies.
All our organic waste is recycled on-site and reused within the cemetery for garden bed preparation. All prunings and felled trees are chipped and used as mulch.
Extensive water storage facilities mean we can take full advantage of inclement weather.
All our water features use recycled water, and this water is also used for wash-down requirements and supplements toilet flushing.
Our water quality management plan with Melbourne Water includes gross pollution traps, which ensures that all run-offs into the bay are of excellent quality.
Potable water is only used in our amenities, facilities and cemetery taps.
We have a close relationship with TAFE for in-house and external horticultural training, which ensures our horticulture employees are specialists.
Over the past 10 years six SMCT staff have received a total of eight awards including Outstanding Apprentice of the Year at their level, and the much coveted award of "Outstanding Student of the Year Holmesglen Parks and Gardens”.
We are proud that our grounds are used for community recreation. On any given day you may find walking and historical groups enjoying the environment.
All public cemetery land is crown land. This means that when you purchase a grave or memorial location you are not purchasing the land, but purchasing rights to inter on crown land.
It is you and your family’s responsibility to maintain the monument, headstone or plaque in perpetuity while the cemetery is responsible for maintaining the grounds.
Tenure on Cremation Memorials
All cremation memorials at Cheltenham Pioneer Cemetery are purchased in perpetuity – for all time.