Community Advisory Committee

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) was established under the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 and is chaired by trust member Lauren Bean.


The Community Advisory Committee’s objectives are:

1.1         To ensure that community and client views are considered in the planning and delivery of Cemetery Trust services.

1.2         To provide advice in relation to the integration of client and community views at all levels of Cemetery Trust operations, planning and policy development.


The role of the Community Advisory Committee is to:

1.3         Advise Remembrance Parks Central Victoria on strategies to enhance and promote effective client and community engagement, assisting RPCV to carry out its responsibilities and commitments as they relate to client and community engagement and its impact on service outcomes.

1.4         Advise Remembrance Parks Central Victoria on behalf of clients and the community and advise the Trust on priority areas and issues requiring client and community input and involvement.

1.5         In consultation with the CEO, develop a Community Engagement Plan for consideration by the Trust and monitor implementation and effectiveness of the approved plan.

1.6         Monitor the implementation of Remembrance Parks Central Victoria Strategic Plan as it relates to client engagement.




Lauren Bean (Chair)

Lauren Bean holds a Master’s degree in Communications and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is currently the General Manager, Community Bank® National Council (CBNC).

Lauren provides strategic, relationship, analysis and technical support and guidance to the CBNC to enable them to drive greater strategic outcomes for the Bendigo Community Bank® network. Lauren has previously held various leadership positions in the community services sector including CEO of Cara Incorporated, General Manager MacKillop Family Services, and Acting CEO/Deputy CEO of St Luke’s Anglicare in Bendigo.

In addition to her experience in community services, Lauren has an extensive background in the marketing and communications field. This was gained through senior management positions in the National Australia Bank and the Nine Television Network. Lauren is a past director of Bendigo TAFE, Community 21 and Community Sector Banking.

As the mother of two daughters, Lauren has a keen interest in community engagement and especially the promotion of women in leadership roles. 


Adrian Hem

Adrian Hem, AFSM has senior management experience in the fire protection industry within Australia and overseas. Adrian is a CFA volunteer who has served in many leadership and training rolesapproaching 60 years. He is a descendant of early Bendigo Chinese dating back to the 1860’s and spends time at the Chinese section of the White Hills Cemetery tending to the graves of his descendants.

Adrian looks forward to working within the CAC to preserve our local heritage and to foster and support RPCV objectives.


Elizabeth (Libby) Luke

Libby has been a Philatelist all her life and was for many years the Archival Collection Manager for Australia Post.

Libby is a keen Genealogist and has trained many hundreds of people on using computers to compile their Family History.   She is currently the President of the Bendigo Philatelic Society, having worked as the Archival Collection Manager for Australia Post. 

It was always her desire to photograph Cemetery Headstones to preserve history, having many photographed the graves of the many Cornish mining ancestors buried in the White Hills Cemetery.  In all, Libby has photographed the headstones of all 23 cemeteries in the Bendigo district.  She has been interviewed by the ABC Radio National on her cemetery work and with her husband were designated as “The Tombstone Tourists”.

Libby enjoys very much being a member of the Community Advisory Committee of RPCV and assisting wherever possible.


Andrew Hampton

Andrew was educated at Gravel Hill School, Bendigo High School, Dookie College and the College of Advanced Education (La Trobe University). Andrew has always been involved with the community and has been an active member and volunteer in Apex, CFA, Rotary, Bendigo Yacht Club, Land Care, and the Bendigo Caledonian Society.

In 1987 Andrew made a life changing decision when he purchased William Farmer so that it remained a locally owned, independent business. Andrew enjoys being involved with families, helping them farewell a loved one, and he is proud to own and operate this business which has been part of Bendigo’s history for 150 years. 

Andrew strives to ensure that honesty; integrity; care; and compassion; are the cornerstones of the way they operate their business. They will also continue to look for new ways to improve the experience for their client families, staff, and the community.”


Tracey Clarke

Tracey is born and bred in Bendigo.  She lives with her partner Paul and family members Popcorn their poodle and Foxie their beloved cat.  She has one natural child and several others she calls her own.

Tracey is the Manager of the Eaglehawk Community House and has a passion for Community Development.  She loves witnessing people achieve things that they don’t believe they can.  She has been involved with not for profit organisations for many decades and has a strong career in project and event management; management and governance; television media and is also a qualified florist.

Tracey’s goals within her role as a CAC representative is to work towards people discussing with their loved ones, their wishes once they lose their life.  She also has an interest in ensuring individuals that are disadvantaged, have no friends or next of kin are awarded a designated ‘resting place’.   


Laura Patterson

Laura has operated a communications and public relations consultancy for fifteen years with an emphasis on reputation management. Laura is an experienced executive across non-profit, agriculture, retail, finance, health and community services. A published historian with a strong interest in the preservation and protection of sacred places, Laura is an active member of the Strathfieldsaye community and a past Director of St Luke’s Anglicare.



Geoffrey Gray


Helen Bramley-Jackson


Leigh McKinnon


Peter Sullivan


 Rick Munari


 Ruth Claridge