Funerals in Public Places

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Consultation has concluded

Consultation has concluded.


Funerals in Public Places: Community Engagement Report


The City of Kalamunda undertook community consultation to understand the level of interest in the specific topic of Funerals in Public Places.

Consultation ran from 26 January to 10 March 2020 and was supported by an integrated marketing

campaign; published on the City’s online engagement platform, and website and promoted via the City’s

social media channels, with advertisements in the local newspaper. It received particular attention on social media channels with heightened engagement on each post across both Facebook and Instagram. The survey received 117 responses, demonstrating that funerals in public places is a topic of interest in the community.


Community Survey Results

Out of the 117 responses, 17% were male, 82% female, and 1% undisclosed. 26% were between the ages of

36-45, followed closely by 25% in the 56-65 age bracket, and 22% in the 46-55 bracket. and 59% were

residents. The top four responses came from the suburbs of Kalmaunda, Lesmurdie, High Wycombe, and

Forrestfield & Gooseberry Hill tied.


Key Findings

 38% strongly agree that holding funerals in public places is something the City should approve

 41% feel funerals should be able to take place in public places on any day of the week

 57% do not think it is necessary to deliver an Event Notification Letter for surrounding residents

 57% agree that any funeral in a public place needs to be carefully located away from main

thoroughfares and areas of higher public use

 64% feel there should be a 12-month trial period

 The majority feel that the following are ‘very important’; parking for attendees, hearse parking and

access, limitations on event size, assurances that no alcohol will be consumed on site, shared use of

disabled access pathways, shelters & lavatories, and noise restrictions. Whilst the majority feel that

restrictions on the visibility of the funeral gathering and proceedings is ‘not important’

 The top five public places identified are, in order of support, Stirk Park (Kalamunda), Jorgensen Park

(Kalamunda), Hartfield Park (Forrestfield), Whistlepipe Gully (Kalamunda), and equally Lesmurdie

Brook (Lesmurdie) & Ray Owen Reserve (Lesmurdie)

Consultation has concluded.


Funerals in Public Places: Community Engagement Report


The City of Kalamunda undertook community consultation to understand the level of interest in the specific topic of Funerals in Public Places.

Consultation ran from 26 January to 10 March 2020 and was supported by an integrated marketing

campaign; published on the City’s online engagement platform, and website and promoted via the City’s

social media channels, with advertisements in the local newspaper. It received particular attention on social media channels with heightened engagement on each post across both Facebook and Instagram. The survey received 117 responses, demonstrating that funerals in public places is a topic of interest in the community.


Community Survey Results

Out of the 117 responses, 17% were male, 82% female, and 1% undisclosed. 26% were between the ages of

36-45, followed closely by 25% in the 56-65 age bracket, and 22% in the 46-55 bracket. and 59% were

residents. The top four responses came from the suburbs of Kalmaunda, Lesmurdie, High Wycombe, and

Forrestfield & Gooseberry Hill tied.


Key Findings

 38% strongly agree that holding funerals in public places is something the City should approve

 41% feel funerals should be able to take place in public places on any day of the week

 57% do not think it is necessary to deliver an Event Notification Letter for surrounding residents

 57% agree that any funeral in a public place needs to be carefully located away from main

thoroughfares and areas of higher public use

 64% feel there should be a 12-month trial period

 The majority feel that the following are ‘very important’; parking for attendees, hearse parking and

access, limitations on event size, assurances that no alcohol will be consumed on site, shared use of

disabled access pathways, shelters & lavatories, and noise restrictions. Whilst the majority feel that

restrictions on the visibility of the funeral gathering and proceedings is ‘not important’

 The top five public places identified are, in order of support, Stirk Park (Kalamunda), Jorgensen Park

(Kalamunda), Hartfield Park (Forrestfield), Whistlepipe Gully (Kalamunda), and equally Lesmurdie

Brook (Lesmurdie) & Ray Owen Reserve (Lesmurdie)