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CCASA Information Forum 2021

Held on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th May 2021

Here's a recap of the fabulous two days enjoyed by our CCASA members, sponsors and speakers.

Thursday 13th May: 

CCASA members were treated to three very interesting tours onThursday, 13 May 2021.  


1.  Royal Adelaide Hospital Mortuary


The mortuary at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital has four state of the art autopsy suites and increased body storage capacity. CCASA members were privileged to be given a tour of the facilities including the dedicated viewing space

for families of the deceased, to see the latest robotic lifting equipment in motion and to learn of the mortuary processes.   

2.  Walkerville Cemetery


The Wesleyan Cemetery in Walkerville is a historic site established in 1849.

The cemetery was closed to full burials in 1973 but continues to function as a

place for inurnment of ashes.  The site is owned by Town of Walkerville. 

Due to the proximity to the St Andrew’s School, and after a risk

assessment was carried out, a safety audit has been conducted with a

number of the at risk headstones now made safe.   This was an opportunity

to learn about the audit process, assessments on each headstone, costings

and final outcome.

3.  West Terrace Cemetery Night Tour -"Mavericks, Madness and Murder Most Foul' 

Thursday evening's CCASA Sponsor and Member Event held at West Terrace Cemetery was a real highlight.  It set the scene for an exciting and fun opportunity for members and sponsors to socialise and network in an informal fashion whilst enjoying delicious food and a little wine!  Things got a lot more fun when everyone was treated to an award-winning Cemetery Night Tour.  


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A special thanks go to our sponsors (Click to view their presentations):

- Arrow Bronze


- Phoenix Foundry

- OpusXenta

- Harrison Funerals

- Adelaide Cemeteries Authority

- Tillett Memorials

- Plotbox

2020 Darren Leuders Award


The Darren Leuders award is proudly sponsored by Phoenix Foundry  and the Australasian Cemeteries and Crematoria Association (ACCA).  The award 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. Winners receive the Darren Leuders Trophy, retain the Perpetual Trophy for twelve months and receive a complimentary registration including flights and accommodation to the Annual Australasian Cemeteries and Crematoria Conference.

It was noted that there were three nominations for the award, all worthy of consideration, and that the recipients really captured the essence of what the award represents.

Mr Jim Everett, Life Member, announced the award went to Danae Cates of Alexandrina Council with trophy presented by Kelly Mulcahy from Phoenix Foundry and outgoing President Mike Rusby.

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2021 Life Member Award


CCASA President, Mike Rusby, with support from the CCASA Executive,  announced a new Life Member Award be presented to Mr Brenton Hill in recognition for his long term contribution within the cemetery industry.  Mr Rusby announced and congratulated Mr Hill for being nominated and awarded life membership of CCASA.  


Mr Rusby acknowledged that CCASA currently has one life member of CCASA – Jim Everett who was awarded Life Membership in 2009.


Brenton Hill is recognised and awarded life membership as:

  • He has worked in the funeral industry and cemetery industry for over
    40 years,

  • He has been a member of the CCASA Executive Committee for over
    20 years having joined the Committee in 2000.

  • He has completed three terms as President of CCASA, one 2 year
    term in the early 2000’s and a further two consecutive terms in 2008
    and 2012.

  • He has spent time on the Adelaide Hill Council Cemetery Advisory Board,

  • He completed a study of the Adelaide Hills cemeteries to present to

  • He was part of the review and development of the current Burial and
    Cremations Act 2013 and Regulations 2014,

  • He designed and developed the Drumminor Gardens Cemetery,

  • And remains a member of the CCASA Executive Committee.


Mr Brenton Hill receiving the Life Member Award from CCASA's
incoming President Mr Arun Ramchand and outgoing President
Mr Mike Rusby



CCASA acknowledges that the Information Forum is held on the traditional lands of the Kaurnas people and the Weira group. We recognise their connection with the land and pay our respects to their elders, past, present and emerging

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