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NEW CEMETERY MASTERPLAN OPEN FOR COMMENT

At the Ordinary Meeting held Tuesday 9 June, Council resolved to place the new Cemetery Masterplan on Public Exhibition for 42 days.

The Masterplan was developed by consultants, Florence Jaquet Landscape Architect, and outlines plans for the proposed new Cemetery and Crematorium at the Rifle Range site owned by Council.

There were a number of meetings held with key stakeholders as well as a public meeting in September 2019.  The culmination of this work was presented on 11 March at a public meeting and now Council are prepared for feedback during this period of Public Exhibition.

Ten recommendations from the report are:

  • Carry out the recommendations of the Storm Water Management Plan by SWS (2019).
  • Undertake Aboriginal Cultural and European Heritage Assessments to define any potential areas of significance.
  • Carry out a detailed Feature Survey and Arboricultural Assessment of existing vegetation on site to determine the exact location and health of the trees, as part of the development stages, to further inform the design.
  • Define the “preferred route” (and any prohibited routes) in collaboration with funeral directors and traffic engineers.
  • Carry out traffic assessments for any proposed cemetery entry/exit points along Rifle Range Road.
  • Consider providing a cremation facility on site or in the Municipality, without the full expense of a Crematorium Building.
  • Consider a non-denominational cemetery, where cultural groups may have their own section provided it is non-exclusive.
  • Engage further with Indigenous community and acknowledge Country at the site.
  • Provide large open-air/outdoor shelter to be used for services, including ancillary facilities (toilets, clergy room, storage space for funeral professionals).
  • Provide Public Mausoleum on site.

General Facilities Committee Chair, Councillor Doug Curran said Council welcomes community feedback into this important plan.

“A cemetery is something which is close to all of our hearts and we want to ensure this new plan caters to the future needs of our growing community,” said Councillor Curran.

“One aspect which has garnered much interest is the proposed crematorium, something which has been identified as needed in Griffith.

“I would like to encourage members of the community to view the Masterplan on Council’s website and provide feedback to help guide us through this planning stage,” he added.

The Cemetery Masterplan can be located by clicking here with submissions closing 4pm Friday 31 July 2020.