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L-R: Timbo Molyneaux, Ian Woodcock and Ormie Molyneaux prepare the casket containing a reently deceased community member .  In the remote Australia town of Lightning Ridge local volunteers run a funeral service to assist in the funerals of their community members. The small group manage to keep a small refrigirator and stock of caskets at the town's hospital while they also use a shed at the back of the old RSL (Retired Service League) clubhouse to keep their two hearses and lowering equipment. Recently the local Walgett Shire Council wrote  to the RSL President seeking to negotiate ownership of the sheds and their contents. This new development leaves the local volunter funeral service uncertain of their future in Lightning Ridge. Conor Ashleigh for The New York Times.

L-R: Timbo Molyneaux, Ian Woodcock and Ormie Molyneaux prepare the casket containing a reently deceased community member . In the remote Australia town of Lightning Ridge local volunteers run a funeral service to assist in the funerals of their community members. The small group manage to keep a small refrigirator and stock of caskets at the town's hospital while they also use a shed at the back of the old RSL (Retired Service League) clubhouse to keep their two hearses and lowering equipment. Recently the local Walgett Shire Council wrote to the RSL President seeking to negotiate ownership of the sheds and their contents. This new development leaves the local volunter funeral service uncertain of their future in Lightning Ridge. Conor Ashleigh for The New York Times.