Feedback Wanted On Cemetery Master Plan

The Wonthaggi Cemetery Trust is seeking feedback on the draft Wonthaggi Cemetery Master Plan.

In December last year, cemetery specialist consultants were commissioned by the Trust to prepare a Master Plan for Wonthaggi Cemetery.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said the Trust had been successful in receiving a grant from the Department of Health for the provision of the report.

“The overall objective of the Master Plan is to improve amenity for members of the public and operational matters,” Cr Brown said.

“The Master plan will inform the long term view that recognises the role of the cemetery over the next 50 to 100 years and beyond.”

The Plan addresses the project purpose, objectives and key issues and includes the following:

  • Land use and existing facilities

  • Access, circulation and way finding

  • Character and experience (including vegetation)

  • Infrastructure, management and maintenance

“The report was produced with the input from a number of interested parties during the consultation process,” Cr Brown said.

The draft is now available for wider comment and can be downloaded from basscoast.vic.gov.au/cemeteries, and printed copies now available from Council Customer Service and Visitor Information Centres, and libraries.

Written feedback is welcomed and will be received up until 5.00pm on Friday, 15 May.

Feedback can be sent to: Landscape Architect, Florence Jaquet, 8 Rowell Avenue, Camberwell, VIC 3124, or emailed to flo@fjla.com.au.

Cr Brown said a review of the Cemetery in March last year highlighted a number of issues that required improvement.

“Over the past 12 months, Trust administration has worked on improving governance arrangements, mapping and auditing of cemetery records, moving to an online presence, and and providing a consistent approach to maintenance of the cemetery,” Cr Brown said.

“The provision of the Master Plan will also now guide the direction for its future.”

Cr Brown said in the coming months, Trust administration will be working with the Department of Health, Cemeteries and Crematoria Unit on the fee structure for 2015/16, to ensure the long term financial viability required for the future.

“In addition, communication with the community will occur in regards to the presentation of the cemetery and adorning of graves to help beautify the site while complying with health safety matters,” Cr Brown said.

“The Trust is committed to working with the community and families in order to provide a site that appeals to all visitors.”

The Trust, which is a separate legal entity to Council, is managed by Trust members who, in this case, are the current Councillors.