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Message from the Chair

The pace of change continues to escalate, and the timing of the development of our new Strategic Plan could not be better. With a clearly articulated vision and direction supported by a robust operational plan, an experienced board, and a skilled workforce, we are confident that Centennial Park will continue to provide a destination and service standard of which all South Australians can be proud.

now the norm. This year, as part of the substantial upgrade of our website, we introduced a free online memorial service for families of those buried or cremated at Centennial Park. Our online memorials are a lovely way for families to connect from wherever they may be in the world, and build an enduring record in celebration of the life of their loved one.

To acknowledge the role that art plays in life and in healing, we continued our relationship with the SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival, and introduced the SALA Centennial Park Environment Award. We congratulate Tobias Staheli on being the inaugural winner. The Jubilee Complex foyer provided a stunning backdrop for an exhibition titled La Vita, which featured some of SA’s most talented artists, and last year’s Artist in Residence, Ruth Gregor, completed her sculpture, The Cycle of Life. The result is a beautiful piece of contemporary art located to the north-west of the complex. Remaining relevant and responding to emerging trends and developments is crucial to our ongoing viability. This year saw a further move towards cremation in preference to burial. We remain committed to providing new and innovative ways to memorialise, and so offer an extensive range of choices in our 30 themed memorial gardens. There remain cultures, religions, and individuals who still prefer burial, and we will continue to provide traditional options, as well as those that are more contemporary. Regardless of whether burial or cremation is chosen, it is most important that family, friends, and future generations have a place to come to visit and reflect. It’s that sense of place that’s crucial. Services have taken on a much more celebratory tone in recent years, with longer services, brightly coloured clothing, videos and upbeat music

As South Australia’s premier provider of cemetery, cremation andmemorialisation services, Centennial Park has always striven to maintain an exceptional site and continue to improve its offerings. This year we have embarked on a number of key projects, all aimed at enhancing the experience of both visitors to the park and users of our services. Our heritage-listed Jubilee Complex remains a focus, and this year we completed a number of improvements to it, including: n an extension of our audiovisual system into the foyer, including a new video wall and speakers, enabling the foyer to be used for large services as well as other functions and events n renovation of the Heysen Lounge, with new carpet, furniture, lighting and curtains n installation of a new disability- compliant toilet near the main entrance, and an upgrade of other amenities. All approvals are now in place for the development of a café complex to the south of the Jubilee buildings in the coming year, and our board expects that its completion in the coming six months or so will add substantially to the visitor experience at the park. Ongoing improvements in our grounds included: n installation of right-turn access and an upgrade of the semi-circle at the

main entrance from Goodwood Road, vastly improving traffic flow (to be further developed in the coming year) n completion of the soil and mulch storage compound at the Operations complex n levelling of the area east of Orthodox C in readiness for future expansion n installation of a new public toilet on the southern boundary of the park, including landscaping of the surrounding area and installation of a large rainwater tank, complete with pump and irrigation n signage and landscaping of the Manse Terrace entrance n completion of a large portion of the work in our new burial areas, Olive Terrace, Olive Views and Martinique Grove. We continue to strengthen our connections with the community through our various events. This year’s events included an ANZAC Day outdoor cinema tribute and a moving Mothers Day concert featuring Rachel Leahcar. Small-group tours are now being conducted through our grounds and crematorium. The demand for places on these tours is very strong and additional tours have been added. This is a fabulous opportunity to explore Centennial Park, to see some areas that are not generally open to the public, and to get an appreciation of the options available.

Stephen Hains, Chair

CENTENNIAL PARK CEMETERY AUTHORITY | 2015/2016 Annual Report

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