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CCASA Information Day 2018

Held in the scenic Adelaide Hills ...


The CCASA Information Day was held on 15 and 16 March 2018 at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, Hahndorf.


Thursday 15 March: Tour of the Adelaide Hills


Delegates enjoyed a tour of the Adelaide Hills, including visits to the local funeral home and mortuary, the cemetery and a trip to the Laratinga Wetlands.


Kleeman Funerals


Kleeman Funerals dates back to the 1860s and provides funeral services to the Adelaide Hills district. Members were able to see, first hand, the daily operations of a local, family-run funeral service provider.


Mount Barker Cemetery


Of particular interest in the Mount Barker Cemetery was the Dunn Crypt. John Dunn was an English Flour Miller who emigrated with his family, to South Australia in 1840. Dunn was a prominent politician, an advocate for the Wesleyan Methodist Church paying for its construction, an avid philanthropist, bequeathing a large sum of money to many charities, as well as a successful businessman with his milling business.


Dunn's considerable influence is, in a small way, represented by the John Dunn Memorial: a crypt and an obelisk constructed in Carrara marble.


Mount Barker Wetland Systems


The Laratinga Wetlands are home to three connected basins, planted with speciality plants designed to filter phosphorus and nitrogen from the water. The wetlands cover an area of 16.9 hectares, 10.7 of which are underwater.  These wetlands assist in returning Mount Barker Creek back to its natural state, restoring the ecology of the area.



Friday 16 March: AGM and Information Day


Delegates met at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre for the Information Day and AGM. The AGM Minutes are available for download


Presentations included the following:


  • Willunga Slate Headstones: What They Tell Us - Dr Paddy O'Toole

  • Updates on Legislation and Legal Requirements - Janet Miller

  • ACCA Update - Chris Harrington

  • The Headstone Project - They Served, They Deserve to be Remembered - John Brownlie

  • WHS Obligations in Cemetery Operations - Paul Findlay

  • Lift & Deepen Procedure - as performed at Centennial Park - Mike Rusby

  • Standards Australia Headstone Update - Michael Robertson

  • Monumental Mason Licencing - Eva Treen





A special thanks go to our sponsors (in no particular order):

- Phoenix Foundry                                                             - SD Tillett Memorials

- Life’s Memories                                                               - Everlon Bronze

- Arrow Bronze                                                                   - Wacker Neuson and Ridley Armstrong Consulting    

- Nalty Memorials





2018 Darren Leuders Award



This year there were joint recipients for the award - Monica Kearns and Therese Gates from the City of Salisbury. In their nomination form, Brian Gilles states:



The commitment, care and empathy that Monica and Therese have shown to customers is exceptional, meeting with customers outside of hours, travelling to the Cemetery outside of hours just to ensure that a plaque had been placed, or a site was repaired. They would make follow up calls to very distressed customers just to ensure their wellbeing.


The day to day pressure of our office does not stop, Monica and Therese giving as much time as required for our customers, but always ensuring that all records and paperwork are completed with absolute accuracy.



Congratulations to Monica and Therese on winning this prestigious award.

Jim Everett, Therese Gates and CCASA President Mike Rusby

CCASA acknowledges that the Information Day was held on the traditional lands of the Peramangk and Kaurna people

We recognise their connection with the land and pay our respects to their elders, past, present and emerging

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