ACCA News and Information

Information to assist our members and the broader death care industry

National Cremation Capacity Survey 2020

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Some months ago, ACCA embarked on an industry-wide survey of our cremation capacity as a nation. Thank you to all those crematoria that responded to this important piece of work for our industry. A list of all contributing crematoria is at the footer of this document. If your crematorium is not listed here, please contact me to discuss the inclusio...
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ACCA Member Profile - Helen Treloar

"Time has been the highest influence in my professional life. Through my various leadership roles, education and experiences over the last 30+ years, I have failed forward beautifully! As the old saying goes… If only I knew then, what I know now".  ​ ACCA MEMBER PROFILE What is your full name, title, company name? Helen Treloar, General Manage...
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Coronavirus - Updates

Coronavirus restrictions are starting to ease and be modified, so we remind you and your staff to re-visit your state's regulations. Let's remind each other to keep each other and our customers safe, by following protocol.  We strongly advise all ACCA Member cemeteries and crematoria to maintain close communication with your local Funeral Dire...
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ACCA Annual General Meeting – Register NOW

ACCA Annual General Meeting – Register NOW This is notice of the ACCA Annual General Meeting.It is to be held at 11am AEST on Tuesday 20th October . Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest to attend this meeting, which will be held via ZOOM, due the current border and travel restrictions in place around the country. Register NOW. &nb...
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Parents decorate son’s grave with skeleton, cemetery yanks it

You'd think cemetery caretakers would appreciate a little graveyard humor. A New Hampshire couple thought they'd tickle grave-goers' funny bones by erecting a Halloween skeleton display at the headstone of their deceased son. Unfortunately, the cemetery owners might've not found their gallows gag nearly as amusing as they promptly removed the decor...
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IPART Review to cemetery pricing, efficiency and perpetual maintenance liabilities & governance.

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) NSW, have conducted a review in to cemetery pricing, efficiency and perpetual maintenance liabilities & governance. IPART are investigating the costs and prices of interment services in NSW. They have released a Draft Report recommending changes to the interment industry that deliver: Inte...
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The Hart Island Project

Imagine a cemetery on an island where the only people to be buried there were either homeless, destitute, unwanted by their families, or from families unwilling to provide them a funeral service, or babies of mothers without the means to provide a proper burial, or even those who died from AIDS.  Now imagine that this cemetery for the past 150...
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ACCA Annual Conference 2020

ANNOUNCEMENT... ACCA advises that the 2020 Annual ACCA Conference is regretfully cancelled. This event was due to take place in Canberra from 11 to 14 October. ACCA makes this decision based on the impact of COVID-19, associated travel restrictions and the overall concern for the health and welfare of ACCA members. Moving forward, we have secured d...
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ACCA brochures - 10% discount in October!

Order your ACCA brochures today! Don't delay - Use the below link to access the Order Form. Use this form to place your order for high quality, colour brochures to be displayed at your cemetery or crematorium. For the month of October, a 10% discount will be applicable to any order of the same brochure to the quantity of 2,000 brochures.  Thes...
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2019 ACCA Annual Conference - a great success!

The ACCA Annual Conference is the premier event for cemeteries and crematoria. 13 - 16 October 2019 Alice Springs Convention Centre The ACCA Annual Conference took place from 13-16 October this year, and ACCA welcomed delegates, international guests, business speakers, exhibitors and industry representatives to the heart of Australia for this three...
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A NEW MEMORIAL AREA FOR PERTH'S PINNAROO VALLEY MEMORIAL PARK, WA

SANTALUM COURT A NEW MEMORIAL AREA FOR PERTH'S PINNAROO VALLEY MEMORIAL PARK, WA The result of over 18 months of planning by the planning, operations, client services and marketing teams at the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board (MCB), the Santalum Court Memorial Gardens at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park in Perth's northern suburbs is being well received...
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2018 Annual ACCA Conference - a great success!

Annual ACCA Conference 7 - 10 OCTOBER 2018 Brisbane Airport Conference Centre Queensland, Australia. The feedback received by ACCA on the range of speakers, modern facilities, relevance, guidance and information provided at the 2018 Annual ACCA Conference was overwhelmingly positive. Embodying the conference theme – STAY CONNECTED – delegates were ...
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ACCANews Winter 2018

Welcome to the Winter 2018 edition of ACCANews. This edition includes a special edition on Celebrating people who have made a significant contribution to the industry. Also included is: The presidents report Member profile of Lynwood Davis Time will tell - St Paul's Anglican Cemetery, Carlingford, New South Wales Celebrating people special Cultural...
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MEMBER PROFILE: LYNWOOD DAVIS

"The value of just one idea is enormous. The value of relationships with leaders of the industry is priceless"  1. What is your Full Name, Title, Company Name Lynwood Harold Davis, Managing Director, Matthews Bronze Pty Ltd – trading as Arrow Bronze. 2. How long have you worked in your industry and what do you like most about your profession? ...
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FROM CEMETERIES TO SCHOOLS, THE BIONDAN BROTHER’S QUEST TO CHANGE THE WORLD

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Arturo and Walter Biondan first met Sister Armida Terraneo through a mutual friend, a priest from Verona, in 1993. Arturo and Walter had founded Biondan SpA, an advanced bronze production company of quality cemetery products, back in 1956. As the company grew, they were continually drawn to the idea of "giving something back". The brothers were cra...
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AN EMBALMERS ROLE IN MEMORIALISATION

The significance of Memorialisation in assisting the grieving process has been at the forefront of the Death Care Industry for many years now. The value in a formal or informal gathering to commemorate and celebrate a loved one's life, to reminisce and honour a life lived, is almost a right of passage in our earthly journey, one of which the mourne...
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ACCANews Autumn 2018

Welcome to the Autumn 2018 edition of ACCANews. This edition includes an historical journey into stories about the Cemeteries and the People who helped shape the industry with stories from Edithburg, Northern and First Fleeters Memorial  Cemeteries through to people such as William Balcombe and William Minchin. Also include...
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INVESTMENT MARKETS Riding the global rollercoaster

It's now just over nine years since the Global Financial Crisis struck, and it's been a wild ride in financial markets over the period, with plenty of bumps and white knuckles along the way. Standing back and looking at the big picture, though, it's been a simple story. In 2008, global equity markets were cheap, and (in the heart of a liquidity cri...
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MOSAIC PATHWAY BEAUTIFUL MEMORIAL FOR PRECIOUS LITTLE ONES AT PUREWA

A beautiful mosaic tile pathway is being created at Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium in Auckland, New Zealand, to remember stillborn and newborn babies.Inspiration for the 95 metre-long colourful pathway came from a Nelson Cemetery in the South Island, where a similar mosaic memorial exists. In 2015, Purewa Cemetery Trust Board Trustee, Murray Ward,...
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Innovation Matters

At the recent ACCA Conference, I delivered a keynote presentation on innovation! ​Innovation is one of those 'fluffy and sounds a bit too good to be true' words. But there is a best practice approach to innovation which is completely fluff free! I spent my hour-long time slot introducing attendees to great set of tools for innovation that underpins...
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