NO COMMUNICATION: Mother Tahni Farrell wants to know why she wasn’t notified of a clean-up being done around her children’s graves (inset, left) that resulted in the plaques being moved and a granite slab being dug up.
NO COMMUNICATION: Mother Tahni Farrell wants to know why she wasn’t notified of a clean-up being done around her children’s graves (inset, left) that resulted in the plaques being moved and a granite slab being dug up. Michael Cormack

‘Why weren’t we told?’ Fury over moved graves

WHEN Leanne Farrell went to lay down flowers at the grave of two of her grandchildren on Christmas Day, she could not believe her eyes.

As she arrived at the grave at Warwick Cemetery, Leanne found the plaques for her grandchildren had been moved by council workers in the process of tidying up.

"Tahni and Matt had a granite slab imported from Italy for the grave," Leanne said.

"When I arrived the plaque was now placed on a concrete slab and the whole piece of granite had been dug out of the ground."

Mother Tahni Farrell could not believe what she was hearing when Leanne phoned her in tears.

"There was no notification at all," Tahni said.

"We still haven't had a proper explanation - we tried calling (Southern Downs Regional) council but they are closed.

"I got a slight explanation from (SDRC cemeteries team leader) Mark McGowan's daughter on Facebook, who told me they were in the process of tidying up.

"There were some workers here at the time and we tried to approach them but they weren't interested in talking to us."

Tahni said nothing could make up for what she had gone through, but was hopeful she could get an explanation.

"The grave is only one foot deep, not six feet, so we're wondering, did they disturb the children?" she said.

"There are only seven children in the little area so that's not even seven phone calls they would have had to make.

"There's no retribution for what's happened, but we would at least like an explanation."

Leanne said she was heartbroken at what had happened.

"I'm beside myself about it," she said.

"As if the trauma those kids went through wasn't enough.

"They may as well have trashed the whole site.

"What I also want to know is, if they were tidying up, why didn't they start with the overgrown gardens - surely you would start there."

The Daily News was unable to contact Mr McGowan or a representative from council for a response by time of printing yesterday.


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