SHOALHAVEN has a new Bereavement Services manager.
Pamela Green took over from Pierre Du Parte, who retired in September after 21 years at council.
Mrs Green previously worked in Australia’s largest cemetery at Rookwood in Sydney.
She also served as mayor and councillor on Eurobodalla Shire Council.
To many on the South Coast she will be a familiar face as a founding member of the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Auth-ority. She was chairwoman of the authority for the past 10 years.
“The reason I applied for this role was because I had worked in community service roles throughout my life and I feel it is important to give back to community,” she said.
“This role was close to my heart because I know it makes a big difference if you have people who can provide the service personally and compassionately after the loss of a loved one.”
Mrs Green said Shoalhaven was a little unique and fortunate in that it had seven active cemeteries and eight historical, pioneer cemeteries.
“The Worrigee memorial gardens and lawn cemetery has a large area for expansion and we are now undertaking the design of the new section which will provide a more natural setting,” she said.
Mrs Green said a master plan of the Worrigee facility was under way and would look at chapel size, road and parking conditions as well as signage.
“But more than anything, we are working on providing high-quality customer services,” she said.
“The grounds staff and administration staff here are passionate about what they do. They’re a great team.
“The facility is on a continuous cycle of improvement. We have a role to play in making these places as comforting as they can be, and to find new and better ways to be of service.”