Our continuing care of the cemetery

We are proud of our historic grounds and special cemetery spaces.

The team across the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust work around the year to keep the grounds at St Kilda in pristine condition. The team consists of outdoor employees, who cover horticulture, grave-digging, and general maintenance.

Managing our gardens

Our team takes care of 7 hectares, which feature numerous varieties of rose, trees and shrubs, which make up both formal and informal style gardens. Our grounds provide an ideal environment for a variety of wildlife including birds and reptiles.

Recycling and water

At St Kilda Cemetery we are dedicated to recycling and green technologies.

All our organic waste is recycled on-site and reused within the cemetery for garden bed preparation. All prunings and felled trees are chipped and used as mulch.

Extensive water storage facilities mean we can take full advantage of inclement weather.

Our water features use recycled water, and this water is also used for wash-down requirements and supplements toilet flushing.

Our water quality management plan with Melbourne Water includes gross pollution traps, which ensures that all run-offs into the bay are of excellent quality.

Potable water is only used in our amenities, facilities and cemetery taps.

Specialist employees

We have a close relationship with TAFE for in-house and external horticultural training, which ensures our horticulture employees are specialists.

Over the past 10 years six SMCT staff have received a total of eight awards including Outstanding Apprentice of the Year at their level, and the much coveted award of "Outstanding Student of the Year Holmesglen Parks and Gardens”.


We are proud that our grounds are used for community recreation. On any given day you may find walking and historical groups enjoying the environment.

Your responsibilities

All public cemetery land is crown land. This means that when you purchase a grave or memorial location you are not purchasing the land, but purchasing rights to inter on crown land.

It is you and your family’s responsibility to maintain the monument, headstone or plaque in perpetuity while the cemetery is responsible for maintaining the grounds.

Tenure on Cremation Memorials

Cremation memorials have been sold with varying tenure periods over the years. The dates below outline the changes that have occurred.

Prior to 24 August 1955

  • All memorials were sold in perpetuity (for all time).

24 August 1955 – 31 December 1975

  • Tenure periods were introduced.
  • Trees, Wall Niches and Ground Niches were sold with a 50 year tenure.
  • Shrubs and Roses were sold with a 25 year tenure.

From 1 January 1976

  • 25 year tenure periods commenced from the date of purchase for all cremation memorials.

From 5 June 1998

  • Perpetuity (for all time) available as an option for all existing and new cremation memorials.

If you have any questions regarding the tenure of a memorial, please feel free to contact us on (03) 9349 3014 or email stk@smct.org.au