Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

GMCT’s community advisory committee (CAC) plays an important role, providing our trust with insights from a diverse range of cultural, religious and community groups.

The CAC is involved in the development of community engagement projects and activities which support open conversations with the community around our products and services, and on the broader issues around death and dying. The committee also provides a channel for GMCT to communicate information or seek responses from the community. The CAC advocates to GMCT on behalf of consumers and the community.

Committee members pose with GMCT staff during their August 2016 meeting, held at Quang Duc Buddhist Monastery in Fawkner.

It is a legislative requirement for Class A cemetery trusts to form and engage a community advisory committee. Guidelines for Class A cemetery trust CACs are available here.

This committee meets four times per year to advise GMCT of the community’s feeling about specific matters and issues at particular cemeteries.

The CAC comprises trust members and community members who represent various cultural, religious and interest groups local to GMCT cemeteries in the north, west and east of Melbourne.

Get involved

Our community advisory committee is currently looking for new volunteers from a range of religious, cultural and social backgrounds. 

Please contact community@gmct.com.au for more information or to obtain a member application form. 

Current members 

Janet Borg

Janet Borg has worked and consulted extensively in the environmental and sustainability sector. She has held a number of board and committee roles across various organisations dedicated to social responsibility and improving business practice.

Janet has currently turned towards community engagement with her harp practice Soothing Your Soul. Janet plays her harp in hospital, palliative care and other settings as a form of music therapy.

Vivienne Jackson

Vivienne Jackson is a career social worker and community development practitioner who has worked across a range of diverse local and state government organisations.

Vivienne’s most recent experience has been supporting the needs and aspirations of residents with disabilities within the City of Whittlesea. She brings a passion for community advocacy and social inclusiveness to her role with the CAC.

Associate Professor Tammy Kohn

Associate Professor Tamara (Tammy) Kohn grew up in the USA, studied in the US and UK (Berkeley, Penn, and Oxford) and then worked as an academic for many years in the north of England, arriving in Australia in 2006 to commence a new job at Melbourne University as a social-cultural anthropologist.

 

She served for several years on the University of Melbourne’s Human Ethics Committee. She is a member of an interdisciplinary research team (along with Bjorn Nansen – another new member of the committee) that has been studying digital commemoration (funded both by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, as well as the Australian Research Council).  Associate Professor Kohn is eager to connect with the GMCT community and share her research knowledge on culture, ritual, and changing practices and technologies used for the deceased.

Bjorn Nansen

Bjorn Nansen is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at The University of Melbourne. He holds an ARC early career researcher award, is a Digital Media Fellow in the Melbourne Networked Society Institute, and an executive member of the Research Unit in Public Cultures.
His research focuses on emerging and evolving forms of media use in everyday life, with current projects exploring changing home media infrastructures and environments, children’s mobile media and digital play practices, and the digital mediation of death and remembrance. He is a co-author of Death and Digital Media (Routledge, forthcoming).

Former members

Focus areas

The CAC is consulted on pricing and engagement planning across GMCT cemeteries, including new cemetery developments and infrastructure projects.