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Help us shape the future of our Cemeteries

Help shape the future of our Cemeteries

Catholic Cemeteries + Crematoria (CCC) are inviting applications from enthusiastic individuals interested in contributing their voice, experience and knowledge to our SEC.

Embracing and adapting to the community’s changing needs for burial and cremation products and services is of vital importance to us.  We want to better understand how we can deliver the best possible experience to families, consumers, cultural and faith groups so we can continue to serve the community now and into the future.

The SEC, chaired by Christopher Zinn a leader in the emerging marketplace of consumer empowerment, works with CCC in an advisory capacity.

The SEC will assist CCC in establishing an extensive network of community contacts and working groups while building a deep understanding of our communities’ diverse range of cultural, religious and spiritual needs.

New Community Group To Map The Future Of Sydney Cemeteries

A new Stakeholder Engagement Council (SEC) has been established to map the future of Sydney’s cemeteries, enlisting 15 community representatives from a broad range of faiths and communities in NSW.

The council includes members of the Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindi, Indigenous, Filipino, and Catholic communities (list below), and will report to the board of Catholic Cemeteries & Crematoria.

The first meeting of the council was held on June 23, chaired by community and consumer campaigner Christopher Zinn who has served on the board of the NSW regulator of cemeteries and crematoria.

Mr Zinn said “Our first meeting recognised the urgent need for more burial spaces in Sydney, especially among the fast-growing Muslim population, which like some other faiths, have traditions which require they bury their dead.

“The council is committed to ensure that communities and consumers’ diverse needs and views, regardless of their faith or even lack of it, are catered for in respectful and affordable ways in the process of funerals, burials and cremations”, he added.

The objectives of the SEC include:

  • Program Management
  • Graphic & UI Design
  • Customer Support
  • Video Editing
  • Sound Design
Mr Zinn concluded “We want the SEC to advise and help us better understand how cemetery operators can deliver the best possible experience to families, consumers, cultural and faith groups so we can continue to serve the community now with the Catholic trust’s four existing cemeteries and two more to be developed”.


  • Mariam Ardati – Muslim Community
  • Rosette Shamoun – Chaldean and Assyrian Community
  • Barry Barakat – Catholic Maronite Community
  • Darren Bark – Jewish Community
  • Peter Murphy – Baptist Community
  • Auntie Lisa – Hunter Dharawal Indigenous Community
  • Kazi Ali – Muslim Community
  • Jhun Salazar – Filipino Community
  • Dean Fr John Ho – Catholic, Vietnamese, Polynesian Communities
  • Lourdes Kaiser – Filipino Community
  • Albert Olley – Uniting Community
  • Dominic Niezgoda – Polish Community
  • Ayya Suvira – Buddhist Community
  • Shefali Pal – Hindu Community
  • Dianne Van Aken – Indigenous and Catholic Community

Media Enquiries:
Tim Allerton, City PR
Ph:0412 715 707

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