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Cemetery regeneration

Accommodating the future needs of our community.

The City is planning ahead to provide cemetery services to the community now and in the future. One of the strategies to do this is to regenerate existing cemeteries.

What is Cemetery Regeneration?

Regeneration involves reviewing current cemetery design and identifying opportunities for increased capacity. Regeneration of cemeteries is primarily about finding more burial space within a cemetery.

Examples of extra spaces that can be regenerated for burial space include:

  • garden areas
  • road ways
  • carparks.

Current use, character, amenity, and the impact of change are all considered as part of the regeneration process.

Southport Lawn Cemetery

Southport Lawn Cemetery was designed with a very generous internal road layout. The regeneration plan for this cemetery includes replacing the northern section of the internal road with grass and new burial plots. A grassed walkway will be created along the northern end for easy access to new and existing graves. Some existing garden areas and trees identified as fill in areas will also be replaced with additional burial plots.

To make up for the removal of the existing trees and garden beds within the burial areas, new trees will be planted along the internal road ways. The regeneration works are planned from 29 June 2020 to 30 November 2020. Please note that during construction, the cemetery's main entrance will be closed. There is a second entrance from the same road available. We thank you for your patience during this time.

Download the Southport Lawn Cemetery regeneration plan (PDF 683kb)

Southport General Cemetery

Established in 1878, Southport General Cemetery is one of the Gold Coast's oldest cemeteries. It has a traditional grid layout and two internal carpark areas. The regeneration plan for this cemetery includes replacing the two internal carparks with grass and new burial plots.

A new space with 30 car parking spaces will be provided on the western side of the cemetery with a realigned entry off Queen Street. The current informal access track will be replaced with grass and new burial plots. The internal roadway will be resurfaced where required.

The existing grassed access-way running north from the hexagonal shelter will have the aged trees replaced with additional burial plots through this space. All mature trees that are in good health will be retained. Some garden renewal will be undertaken throughout the cemetery.

Southport General Cemetery regeneration works are planned from April 2020 to June 2020. We thank you for your patience during this time.

Download the Southport General Cemetery regeneration plan (PDF 647kb)

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