KURRI Kurri Lawn Cemetery will be expanded as part of a new cemetery master plan adopted by Cessnock City Council.
The document will guide the future of the 12 electorate cemeteries managed by the Council.
Mayor Bob Pynsent said council welcomes feedback from the community and the expansion would ensure a future resting place for those in the community who so desire.
âThis master plan was developed following extensive community consultation. The council received very valuable feedback from residents, âhe said.
“We understand that any change must be respectful for everyone in the community, those who are buried and for their families.”
The new internment area will be 750 square meters and will include 156 new burial plots. These works include the installation of automatic irrigation, concrete beams for the burial of lawns, turf and the construction of roads, paths and landscaping.
The majority of the work will take place during weekdays to minimize disruption to visitors during peak weekend periods.
Cemeteries have been quite the subject of local government after regulatory changes by the state government last year.
Previously the Advertiser reported that the Cessnock Council had pushed back the 2018 Cemeteries and Crematorium Regulations, which will allow cemetery operators to allow the rental of graves for a period of 25 to 99 years for people who cannot afford a permanent site.