Plaque Removal

The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (GMCT) is committed to providing members of the public with information on possible health and safety concerns.

During a review of Occupational Health & Safety within the Cemeteries Sector in November 2012, a substance thought to possibly contain Asbestos was identified, at one of Melbourne's many cemeteries. Samples were sent for analysis and the results confirmed that Chrysotile Asbestos was contained in the substance at a ratio of 1-15%.  The substance was contained within the mastic sealant that binds memorial plaques onto the niche walls.

Investigations conducted by the GMCT have revealed that the plaques installed from the year 1995 onwards do not contain Asbestos in the sealant and  and can be safely removed. Further to this, the GMCT has made the decision to engage a specialist to conduct any plaque removal where Asbestos is confirmed or suspected to be present.

For further information:

Northern Region
  • Coburg Cemetery
  • Fawkner Memorial Park
  • Keilor Cemetery
  • Northcote Cemetery
  • Northern Memorial Park
  • Preston Cemetery
Western Region
  • Altona Memorial Part
  • Truganina Cemetery
  • Werribee Cemetery
  • Williamstown Cemetery
Eastern Region
  • Andersons Creek Cemetery
  • Burwood Cemetery
  • Emerald Cemetery
  • Healesville Cemetery
  • Lilydale Lawn Cemetery
  • Lilydale Memorial Park
  • Yarra Glen Cemetery