Can Ashes Be Scattered In Qld?

Losing a loved one is difficult. We want to hold on to those things about them that made them unique and those memories of how their life made ours better. Scattering their ashes and returning them to the Earth is a beautiful and eco-friendly way to honour their memory and to always keep a connection through nature.

But can you scatter ashes in QLD? We’ve created this quick guide to walk you through the main things you need to know.

Read more or get in touch with us to discuss further.


Ash Scattering In Qld

Why You May Consider Scattering Your Loved One’s Ashes

Perhaps your loved one has expressed their desire for their ashes to be scattered in a place that was important to them. Perhaps they shared that they’d love for their ashes to be scattered in the ocean.

Some people request to have their ashes scattered in the same place as their loved ones before them. Or perhaps you would like to create a beautiful space at which family and friends can visit your loved one anytime.

There are so many reasons to consider scattering your loved one’s ashes.


Do You Need Permission To Scatter Ashes In QLD?

According to the Queensland State Government website, you would need a permit to scatter ashes on land within a commonwealth reserve, or in water within a commonwealth marine reserve in QLD. Luckily, that doesn’t take away much space.

In general, you do not need a permit to scatter ashes on QLD land or water. Nor will you need a permit to hold a small, private ceremony to give your loved one the send-off they deserve. This includes council-owned land, state-owned land, and privately owned land. There are a few exceptions you will need to be aware of.


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Do I Need A Permit To Scatter My Loved Ones Ashes?

You do not need any permits or approval to scatter ashes on land or water that you currently own, however, if you wish to scatter ashes on private property, you will need the landowner’s permission.

Remember to consider the future, especially if the location is intended as a memorial. Will you always have access to the location? If you own the land now, what would happen if you were to move?


Scattering Your Loved One’s Ashes In Water

Scattering ashes over a body of water can be a freeing experience, it may be wonderful to know that your loved one could reach lands far away. Perfect for the traveller’s soul.

Keep in mind that if you’d like to scatter ashes from a vessel, you will need to get permission from the boat owner and avoid the commonwealth marine reserve areas. Several companies in Queensland offer Memorial charters which can be a great way to ensure you aren’t scattering ashes where you shouldn’t.

If you’re scattering your loved one’s ashes at a beach, from a pier, or anywhere public and outdoors, be mindful of other people and be especially mindful of the wind.


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How We Can Help

At Eco Memorial Park, we actively focus on reducing the environmental impact of cremation. Let us help honour your loved one.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us to discuss how we can assist.