The Wagga Wagga Lawn Cemetery and Crematorium will be extended to the east, providing land for burials for the next five years. The extension, which will accommodate a further 1500 lawn burials, was approved by the Council at the February 2017 Ordinary Meeting.
The extension is one of the initiatives outlined in the Stage 2 Master Plan for the Brunskill Road cemetery, aimed at providing future direction for the site.
About the project
The $570,000 extension works will develop a section in the north-eastern corner of the cemetery. Works include landscaping, electrical and road and drainage works.
Site preparation and initial works started in March 2017. These works invovle raising the surface level of the new burial plots, relocating overhead power lines to a safer underground location (in keeping with the current look of the cemetery), and construction of new roads and drainage.
This project is fully funded by the City of Wagga Wagga.
Wagga Wagga Lawn Cemetery facts:
- As well as short-term options, the Wagga Wagga Lawn Cemetery master plan also highlights potential long-term options for the 39-hectare site (currently only 20-hectares is developed), including ash interment gardens, natural burial sites and aesthetic upgrades including a reflective pool, open-air chapel and parkland area.
- In 2016, 286 cremations and 246 burials took place at the Wagga Wagga Lawn Cemetery and Crematorium.
As with most major infrastructure development, impacts to the community will occur during construction. Every effort will be made to minimise impacts or delays to the community. Any impacts during construction will be communicated to the community in a timely manner. The community is thanked for their cooperation during the delivery of this project.
October 2018 - The second stage of work to complete the new Section 12 commenced this month. Stage 2 works will incorporate the installation of irrigation and turf, construction of an internal all-weather access road and a pump shed upgrade. The project is expected to be completed by mid-November, weather permitting. In addition, a new beam was installed earlier this month in the ‘Forget Me Nots’ baby section which will allow for a further 44 internments in this area.
SECTION 12 NEARS COMPLETION: Section 12 has the capacity to accommodate 1300 burial sites for an estimated period of 15 years.
October 2017 – Bitumen seal complete on new internal roads
July – August 2017 - All civil works for this project now complete. Some additional topsoil is required for the grave site area and the bitumen seal for the new roadways will be laid in late September when ground temperatures are higher and won’t compromise the road seal. Works associated with installation of underground power supply, to fit with the rest of the cemetery, underway.
June 2017 - Works starting on road base and road seal and reinstating topsoil. Underground electrical work will start in the coming days. The underground lines will be consistent with the rest of the cemetery.
April - May 2017 - Earthworks and drainage works nearing completion. Sub grade for new roadway into extension area 80 per cent complete.
UNDERWAY: The site of the cemetery extension under construction in April 2017.
March 2017 - Site preparpation and works commence on extension project.
February 2017 - Extension works at Wagga Wagga Lawn Cemetery and Crematorium approved by the Council at February Ordinary Meeting.
TO BE DEVELOPED: Site before construction in March 2017.