- The Vanitas Experience at Melbourne General Cemetery
- SMCT receives Runner-Up award in the ‘Best Wellbeing Program’
- Sorrento Public Cemetery
- Loved ones honoured at special Christmas Remembrance Service
- SMCT Annual Meeting
- Many voices, singing as one
- A special community service honours the lives of children
- SMCT All Souls Day Services
- RSL Remembrance Day Service 2017
- Revamped Halloween tours sold out at Melbourne General Cemetery
- 2017 - Police Remembrance End of Day Reflection
- Father's Day Remembrance Service 2017
- Springvale Botanical Cemetery’s Cremation Viewing Room Upgraded
- Official Opening and Blessing of Saint Padre Pio Mausoleum
- Italian Culinary Heritage Tour at Melbourne General Cemetery
- Dr Alan Wolfelt Visits our Centre for Care & Wellbeing at Springvale Botanical Cemetery
- Bunurong Memorial Park - Runner up in 2016 American Cemetery Excellence Awards
- Official opening of the refurbished Boyd and Renowden Chapel Complex
- Community gathers to remember their Fathers
- Night of Remembrance for Children Lost
Official Opening - Clarence Reardon Centre
- Relatives honour Clarence Reardon
- Springvale Botanical Cemetery - Award winning excellence
- Springvale Botanical Cemetery - Children's Lawn Cemetery - Featured in Nine's News
- Springvale Botanical Cemetery unveiled the Victoria Cross Memorial to mark Remembrance Day
- New addition to the Children's Lawn Area
- Events calendar
- Presentations, Tours and Facilities
Official Opening - Clarence Reardon Centre
Springvale Botanical Cemetery’s new $12.9 million function and administration facility, The Clarence Reardon Centre, was officially opened on Thursday 11 September, 2014 at 5pm.
Constructed by the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) to meet the ever-growing needs of the community, this state-of-the-art, carbon neutral complex incorporates seven botanically inspired function rooms, a commercial kitchen, a groundbreaking al fresco café-florist concept and a children's playground. The first floor is now SMCT's principal headquarters.
It is a world-class facility and one of the largest investment projects undertaken by the Trust.
Mr. Jonathan Tribe, CEO, SMCT said, “In all our planning, and especially with such a significant investment, it is critical that we take a very long term view. We are investing for the future and our planning horizon sits 50 to 100 years ahead of current needs. Comprehensive research and analysis on future community needs is an important part of our process.”
Significantly, the centre has been named in honour of Clarence Reardon, who was Springvale Botanical Cemetery’s first interment on 20 March 1902, aged 7 months. Mr. Tribe said, “Naming our new centre in honour of Clarence Reardon is reflective of the importance we place on every loved one entrusted into our care and is symbolic of our role as custodians of history.
The environmentally sensitive building was designed to blend in seamlessly with Springvale Botanical Cemetery’s expansive gardens, with surrounding trees dramatically reflected in its specially treated glass façade.
A leading-edge example of sustainable design, features include environmentally preferred building materials, rainwater tanks, the extensive use of solar panels and natural light and high-efficiency air-conditioning units complemented by natural ventilation.
The ground floor serves client families with seven stylishly appointed function rooms and a fully equipped commercial kitchen to service the multi-cultural catering requirements of both Springvale Botanical Cemetery and Bunurong Memorial Park. Streamlined back-of-house operations were planned and executed to cater for up to 1500 people per day and to provide a flexible, rapid response to numbers that often fluctuate.
Each function room accommodates up to 50 guests and can combine with adjoining rooms to accommodate large gatherings. All feature digital signage, iPod functionality and wall mounted 50” flat screens.
The centre also incorporates a contemporary café -florist concept, Café Vita et flores (life and flowers), complete with al fresco dining deck and a children’s playground.
The incorporation of training facilities allows SMCT to bring many of their specialist customer service programs and workplace health and safety training in-house.
To further enhance the customer experience, Springvale’s existing café and function centre will be re-developed as a new state-of-the-art client services centre.