The marked and unmarked graves of those buried at the Maitland Jewish Cemetery will be the focus of a new conservation project.

At the end of a narrow track in the middle of Louth Park, the cemetery has been neglected.

But Maitland City Council, along with the Friends of Maitland Jewish Cemetery, has begun plans to conserve the culturally significant burial site, which will include looking at its state heritage potential.

“We’ve met with the group commissioned to take on the conservation management plan and I think it’s clear how special this cemetery is in terms of its unique history and cultural significance,” council heritage officer Clare James said.