Allora graves overrun with weeds

BABIES' graves overrun with weeds and chairs beyond repair is the condition of the Allora Cemetery.

After the Daily News was alerted by Allora residents to terrible vandalism yesterday it was a shock to find what looked like vandalism was neglect.

A passionate Alloraite – who asked not to be named – said the grounds and graves were absolutely disgraceful.

“Council are the ones vandalising,” he said.

“Look at the Warwick Lawn Cemetery – it's a credit to them – ours is nothing like that.”

He said the trees regularly aren't pruned, the rubbish is rarely empty and graves are damaged after the mower comes through and not repaired.

“The thing that annoys me most is we pay big rates – it's not good enough,” he said.

On Monday there was a funeral and mourners would have stood around the damaged chair which was not moved despite being broken for a number of weeks.

“To me this cemetery is sacred ground and they aren't treating it right,” he said.

The Southern Downs Regional Council manager for facilities Greg Thouard said they had a large number of rural cemeteries and their cemetery crew was committed to providing a satisfactory level of service to all cemeteries.

Mr Thouard rejected any suggestion that council was neglecting the cemetery and had committed to an inspection of the cemetery this week to ascertain what could possibly be considered neglect.

“There may be times when grass becomes long or spraying around graves is necessary, but it is not possible for each cemetery to have a park-like appearance 365 days of the year. Every attempt is made to achieve a satisfactory standard,” he said.

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