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CCASA Information Day 2019

Held in the coastal town of Victor Harbor ...


The CCASA Information Day was held 4 and 5 April 2019 at the McCracken Country Club, Victor Harbor and was one of our biggest events yet.


Thursday 4 April: Tour of Victor


Delegates enjoyed a tour of the Victor Harbor region, with visits to two local cemeteries and The Whale Centre.


Victor Harbor Cemetery


Encounter Bay was settled in 1839 and the Victor Harbor Cemetery was established in 1860 on a picturesque, gently undulating site featuring large gum trees and native bush. Although a number of people were likely buried prior to this date and records are not available, a six-year-old of Hindmarsh Valley was the cemetery’s first recorded burial on 25 May 1860. 


The Whale Centre


The South Australian Whale Centre is South Australia's largest marine focused interpretative centre and has the only marine focused three-dimensional theatrette in South Australia. Delegates experienced the natural wonders of the sea, explored the world heritage listed railway building and gain further knowledge about Victor Harbor and South Australia's whaling history.


Currency Creek Cemetery


The Currency Creek township was surveyed in 1840 and during the later 1800s, the district supported many market gardens along the fertile river flats. The Currency Creek Cemetery contains many historic gravestones. It is notably large compared to the township for the reason that it has serviced the entire district for well over a century

Friday 5 April: AGM and Information Day


Delegates met at the McCracken Country Club for the Information Day and AGM. The AGM Minutes are available for download.


Presentations included the following: available for download




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

- Phoenix Foundry                                                             - Life’s Memories

- SD Tillett Memorials                                                        - Everlon Bronze

- Arrow Bronze                                                                  - Nalty Memorials

- Dearly Plaques & Memorials

2019 Darren Leuders Award


The Darren Leuders award, which is proudly sponsored by Phoenix Foundry, is presented annually to an employee of a CCASA member, who has performed above and beyond the call of duty in providing excellence in customer service.


Both of the nominations received for 2019 were worthy of the award, which made the final decision even more difficult. However, the award went to Karen Lucas of Centennial Park.  

Unfortunately Jim Everett, Life Member was unable to present the award this year and so it was presented by the Chief Executive Officer of the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority and former CCASA President, Robert Pitt. 


The winning applicant was based on:


Karen’s ability and commitment to families and customer service whilst at the same time, undertaking a heavy administrative load and supporting her sales team, is exceptional. She embraces the values and commitment that Darren Leuders brought to his role. Karen's good work with contractors and Funeral Directors was also noted.


The fact that Karen often goes beyond the prescribed hours and requirements of her Job Specification, is what Darren did on a regular basis to make sure that families were cared for.


Congratulations to Karen on winning this prestigious award.


Safe Cemetery Training


If you are interested in attending the 2019 Safe Cemetery Training and did not receive an application form, please download one and return it as soon as possible, as positions are limited.




CCASA acknowledges that the Information Day was held on the traditional lands of the Ramindjeri and Ngarrindjeri people. We recognise their connection with the land and pay our respects to their elders, past, present and emerging

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