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 on behalf of GMCT to local individuals and groups.

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 six 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

Expressions of interest are open for new members and we hope to continue to grow the membership in 2017.

Please see the links to the expression of interest and CAC application forms.

Please contact corpcomms@gmct.com.au for more information or to submit an application.

Current members 

Meg Jenkins

Meg Jenkins has a longstanding relationship with the community and not-for-profit organisations. For over 30 years, Meg has been passionate about volunteering and community development - particularly through her involvement with Williamstown Cemetery. She has a rich experience in the coordination and management of various community programs, committees and associations.

Meg holds a particular interest in the rituals, monuments and customs that individuals and groups use to honour and remember their relatives and ancestors.

Venerable Thich Nguyen Tang

Venerable Tang is a practising monk and community leader. Arriving in Australia from Vietnam in 1998, Venerable Tang quickly became involved in bridging the gaps between new and established Australians and contributing to Vietnamese-to-English translations of key Buddhist texts.

He currently volunteers as a Buddhist chaplain at a range of Melbourne hospitals and has held a number of roles as part of community committees. Venerable Tang also leads weekly retreats and services as the spiritual leader of Quang Duc Buddhist Monastery.

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.

Recent members

  • Dr Annie Bolitho
  • Mervyn Hayman-Danker
  • Wendy Kostraby
  • Lee Anthony
  • Angelo D'Amore

Projects

Allocation of Orthometals funding

GMCT works with international company Orthometals to recycle metals following cremator processes. Funds raised through this recycling are used to support charities and aligned support organisations identified by the CAC.

Partnership with the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB)

The partnership with ACGB has provided funds via Orthometals to support:

  • online practitioners’ resources
  • ACGB support materials co-branded with GMCT to provide support to GMCT customers and families
  • support of the ACGB conference 2016
  • support of the ACGB Grief Lecture 2016, including a screening and Q&A of the film Remembering Sophie.

Dying To Know Day 2016

CAC members attended and contributed to discussion about death and dying during GMCT’s Dying to Know Day event, which provided community members with an opportunity to take a tour of a mausoleum and learn about the cremation process from our crematorium supervisor.   

GMCT focus areas

The CAC is consulted on pricing and engagement planning across GMCT cemeteries, including the new developments at Keilor Cemetery, Northern Memorial Park and Lilydale Memorial Park.

GMCT’s community engagement plan 2016-18 is currently under development.