Tireless advocate for the right to be eaten by wild animals, the Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur, is pushing the barrow once more as concerns are raised about the cost of dying in Canberra.
ACT Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur says a cemetery that gives more Canberrans the option of natural burial would provide a more affordable burial option and reduce pressure on traditional burial services.
“A growing number of ACT residents are interested in returning to the earth in a natural and environmentally friendly way,” Ms Le Couteur said.
“Sustainable alternatives to traditional burial or cremation include biodegradable coffins and shrouds. Natural burial methods have been operating successfully in other jurisdictions for many years.
“Today the Canberra Times reported that costs for traditional burial continue to rise and this includes high maintenance costs. Natural burials are a more affordable option that as well as having low environmental impact also have much lower costs.
“Because they are natural spaces, natural burial grounds do not require the heavy maintenance and watering needed for conventional cemeteries.
“These cemeteries can also become natural preserves for native vegetation and wildlife. As an identified wildlife corridor, the Tuggeranong site is an ideal location for a nature reserve.
Handy way to dispose of murdered corpses too one imagines.