• Date: 29/03/2019
  • Cemetery: GMCT Home

In March 2019, GMCT hosted the inaugural Muslim communities forum at Northern Memorial Park.

Our staff joined religious leaders, funeral directors, community leaders and representatives from the Board of Imams and the Islamic Council of Victoria for a Halal dinner, readings from the Koran, and the chance to learn about Melbourne’s diverse Muslim communities.

The community dinner was also an opportunity to thank members of the Muslim community for their participation in a community-centred consultation project recently undertaken by GMCT to build meaningful connections, and to inform the planning the 50Ha extension currently under construction at Northern Memorial Park.

“As Melbourne’s Muslim population continues to grow, GMCT needs to have the knowledge and community networks to ensure we are able to plan appropriately,” said Chief customer officer, Michelle Blyth. 

“At GMCT we follow the principles of human-centred design, and engaging our communities to understand their needs is the first step in designing cemeteries and services that put people first.”

Event MC and cross-cultural consultant Tasneem Chopra (pictured below) described the Muslim communities forum as “a massive win for multicultural engagement conducted proactively, and not reactively.”

Community Advisory Committee chair, Liz Beattie, considers the establishment of the Muslim communities forum an important milestone in GMCT’s community connections strategy.

“We need to engage and understand emerging communities in our local areas throughout future planning and decision-making processes,” she said. “It’s all about building trust, building relationships, and building cemeteries that meet the needs of Melbourne’s diverse communities.”

GMCT wishes to express our most profound condolences to all those impacted by the recent attack on Muslim places of worship in Christchurch, New Zealand. Our thoughts are with the friends, families and colleagues of those who lost their lives in this awful tragedy, and with members of our communities who have been affected.