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PLANS for a “green” cemetery are about to be dug up after years of being buried deep within the city’s budget. Although the city’s regular cemeteries are still decades away from capacity, the push is on to let residents rest in peace . . . and still be environmentally conscious. Green cemeteries involve being buried in biodegradable, cardboard coffins without a specific headstone marker. Instead, a GPS system is used to locate burial plots.
The concept will be part of Gold Coast City Council’s pre-budget discussions with an aim to having the ball rolling soon after the March election. Cr Ted Shepherd said a new site would be found near the existing Mudgeeraba cemetery but warned the green option would cost more. Burial at a green cemetery is likely to cost between $2000 and $3000, similar to existing burial costs, but the added cost would be paying for the hi-tech GPS plot-finder system.
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