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Kell Funerals in St Arnaud has been helping the district say goodbye to its people since 1860. A business just doesn’t last that long without a strong connection to the needs and values of the community. It will come as no surprise to learn that Kell Funerals also gives back to the local environment.


Most recently Kell Funerals has partnered with Fifteen Trees to contribute sixty trees to a regeneration project in nearby Coonooer Bridge.


Coonooer Bridge is a tiny blink-and-you’ll-miss-it town in the Mallee. The Avoca River runs through it, and a nearby wind farm, the first in Australia to include community ownership, bears its name. It’s also home to a biodiversity extension and understory planting project.



Hundreds of years of European-style farming have left parts of the Mallee and Northern Grampians in a dire state. The lack of tree and shrub cover is not only hard on the native fauna, it also exacerbates the effects of drought and impacts on the health of the river. Regeneration projects that nurture understory plantings and link up habitat areas are essential in the ongoing effort to restore balance to the landscape.



The native plants contributed by Kell Funerals will be planted by volunteers from the Buloke and Northern Grampians Landcare Network. The project is hoped to develop into a complex ecosystem that will flourish for decades, if not longer. It will provide somewhere safe for birds and animals to live and move through different territories, as well as add to the overall biodiversity of the region.

We think this has a beautiful synergy with Kell Funerals’ core work. Saying goodbye to our loved ones can be so hard. How heartening to think that part of them lives on in the goodwill of the region they called home.

Somewhere, not too far away, a living plant finds its feet and settles in for generations worth of service to its community. Just like Kell Funerals itself.

Here at Fifteen Trees, we are always happy to have a chat about the best way to incorporate CSR into your organisation. It’s a lovely way to connect with the broader community and reduce some of your company’s environmental impacts. If interested, please contact Melinda at <banksia@15trees.com.au>.

Writer – Sarah Hart.


Sarah is an artist whose passions include the stories and experiences of women and narrative driven creative work. Her aim is to delight, to reveal glimpses of everyday beauty, and to celebrate flights of the ordinary. Sarah works across a range of media, with an abiding interest in pen and ink, mixed media and the human form. You can find Sarah here.