New cemetery for Canberra

The SMH reports detailed work on a new cemetery for Canberra is to start in the next few months. The ACT government has given the go-ahead for design and planning of a Southern Memorial Park to be built on Long Gully Road in south Canberra.  It is to have 60,000 burial sites over the next century.

 Woden Cemetery, ACTThe proposal is said to have been resurrected from a previous, but shelved, announcement in 2012

The ACT government said the imminent first stage of the work will be on costings and the planning of "infrastructure and landscaping".

“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," Minister for City Services Chris Steel said.

“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.

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