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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 10th 2009
4 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 11, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Final resting place for bubs FIONA BRADY Catholic Cemeteries Board chief Michael McMahon and advocate Amanda Bowles look over the crypt. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~P0640198 Every parent deserves the right to an affordable place to hold their loved one's remains' ' Catholic Cemeteries Board CEO MICHAEL McMAHOn IT'S described as ''holy ground for tiny lives''. A special crypt at Rookwood Cemetery has been set aside as a free final resting place for still- born babies. The Catholic Cemeteries Board is offering free interment and memorial for the cremated re- mains of stillborn babies in its Holy Innocents crypt -- an offer that could save bereaved parents thousands of dollars. The board's chief executive offi- cer Michael McMahon said it is a way of easing the burden on families in their hour of need. ''Every parent deserves the right to an affordable place to hold their loved one's remains,'' Mr McMahon said. ''Having a place to visit and reflect can bring healing to families. The crypt is located within the Mausoleum of the Resurrection. Each child buried in one of the niches will have their name and date of death individually in- scribed and parents will only have to pay the cremation fee. Mr McMahon said the free ser- vice is appropriate for families of any Christian faith. The idea has won the approval of Amanda Bowles who runs of Bears of Hope Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support. ''It is amazing that the Catholic Cemeteries Board is offering ac- cess to one of these crypts for free,'' she said. ''It allows families to have a sacred place for their much-loved baby.'' Mrs Bowles has firsthand ex- perience of how devastating it is to lose a child. In January 2006, her son Jesse Buttons Bowles was stillborn at 21 weeks. ''Acknowledgment that parents have lost a life so precious is crucial to the grieving process,'' Mrs Bowles said. ''I believe this is a real step forward in educating the com- munity on the devastation faced by parents whose lives and dreams are shattered in just one moment.'' For more information phone the Catholic Cemeteries Board on 9649 6423 or go to www.catholiccemeteries.org.au Cremations have returned to Rookwood Memorial Gardens and Crematorium since fire destroyed two furnaces used to cremate bodies in July last year. Restoration work, which cost nearly $1 million, included two new furnaces fitted with environmentally-friendly tech- nology, plus new vinyl flooring, ceiling, furniture and lighting. Civic centre builder is announced Do you welcome a new Ashfield Civic Centre? Tell us at www.innerwestweekly.com.au DENHAM Constructions has been appointed to build Ashfield Council's new Civic Centre. At a special council meeting last week, councillors unani- mously accepted a recommen- dation from a tender evaluation panel to appoint Denham Con- structions to build stage one of the centre for a contract price of $8.5 million. The total cost of stage one, including design and consult- ant fees and fit-out, is $12.3 million. The council has secured $9.5 million loan funding for the project from the National Australia Bank. Ashfield Mayor Ted Cassidy said it was the most significant construction project ever undertaken by the council. ''This project will be a real shot in the arm for Ashfield in these tough, economic times,'' he said. Work is expected to start within the next fortnight. Ashfield Council has received a $2.3 million grant from the Federal Government to build stage two of the project which will include a youth centre and an early childhood centre.
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