Planning works start for Canberra’s new cemetery

Released 08/02/2019

Design work for a new cemetery in south Canberra including a second crematorium will begin shortly as the Government continues to plan ahead for a growing city.

“Stage 1 designs and costings for the Southern Memorial Park (SMP) will be prepared to start planning the infrastructure and landscaping for the site on Long Gully Road in south Canberra,” Minister for City Services, Chris Steel said.

“Woden Cemetery is now fully subscribed for new burials which is why we are building a new cemetery for the Southside to meet the needs for our growing city.

“The new cemetery will include range of facilities including spaces for memorials and room for catering services and a florist. The site will also be designed to allow for a second crematorium for Canberra.

“The design will look at features including the entrance, road access, paths and parking, burial and memorial areas, fencing, building footprints for a main office, memorial halls and a works depot, as well as landscaping such as trees and shrub plantings.

“The proposed Southern Memorial Park would provide interment services for the next 100 years and is essential for the growing Canberra community, providing an alternative to the Gungahlin Cemetery for the Southside.”

Minister Steel said the design work will start this financial year, with the remainder of the work to be completed in 2019-20.

The designs will draw on the master plan for the site which was completed in 2012 and supported by extensive public consultation, financial modelling and environmental and heritage studies.

“The SMP will also incorporate the feedback we received during consultation late last year on a review of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003,” Minister Steel said.

“I look forward to releasing a report on what we heard from that consultation soon as well as seeing the design come together for the SMP that will accommodate the needs of cultural and religious groups and provide a cemetery and crematorium that is contemporary, sustainable and flexible.”

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