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Negotiations continue
over Mooloolah Cemetery

by Cameron Outridge

Caloundra City Council is working towards providing answers to concerns over the longterm delivery of cemetery facilities in Caloundra City.

Caloundra City Mayor Don Aldous said Council was not only committed to the long term provision of cemetery facilities and services but also to the needs of a growing community. “Cemeteries are an extremely important community and historical facility for our City,” Cr Aldous said.

“They provide not only a look into our past but are also a place of peace and reflection. “Council acknowledges this and the issue of increasing demand and pressure on our existing cemeteries at Caloundra, Mooloolah, Beerwah, Peachester and Witta in the Caloundra City Cemetery Strategy in 2002. “While the strategy was prepared in consultation with the community, it does not resolve concerns over the Mooloolah Cemetery Reserve. “Council is currently in negotiations with the State Government to resolve issues relating to conservation and habitat values.”

“Only once agreement is reached, State and Federal Government requirements thoroughly investigated and alternative methods of burial considered, can the ongoing use of the reserve be determined. Division three Councillor Dell Winkler, said the cemetery would continue to be used for ash internment or if a plot had already been reserved.
“This will be ongoing negotiations with the State Government are completed,” Cr Winkler said. “In the meantime, Council is considering the establishment of a new cemetery for the City and investigation into suitable locations is underway.

“The predicted population growth of the City means that a new site will be required in the long-term. “So while there are a very small number of limited plots available at the Mooloolah Cemetery in the short term, no further burial reservations will be taken for Mooloolah.

“I take this opportunity to encourage residents who believe they have a plot reserved and who have not received a letter from Council within the past 12 months, to contact us as soon as possible.”

The Caloundra City Cemetery Strategy is available from Customer Service or Council Libraries and provides a comprehensive report on our needs and proposed solutions.’

A number of local historical groups also have a strong interest in our local cemeteries and are keen to gather more information from our residents.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.