The Age in Melbourne reports a $50 million Australiana-themed cemetery will become a unique destination for weddings and fitness groups, as it meets new demand from Melbourne's eastern suburbs, its proponents say.

Victorian Health Minister David Davis will today announce an 8500-grave expansion to Bunurong Memorial Park, south of Dandenong.

 

The Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust wants funerals to be just one part of their "new concept" public cemetery, which will include waterways, a cafe and children's playground.

Chief executive Jonathan Tribe said he hoped the mega-cemetery would be used by families for casual recreation, such as dog walking. He said the new facilities, including an outdoor chapel, would be open to any type of function, such as weddings and business breakfasts.

"We're trying to demystify cemeteries … so they're not just places that you come when people die," Mr Tribe said.

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A $50 million Australiana-themed cemetery will become a unique destination for weddings and fitness groups, as it meets new demand from Melbourne's eastern suburbs, its proponents say.

Victorian Health Minister David Davis will today announce an 8500-grave expansion to Bunurong Memorial Park, south of Dandenong.

The Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust wants funerals to be just one part of their "new concept" public cemetery, which will include waterways, a cafe and children's playground.

Chief executive Jonathan Tribe said he hoped the mega-cemetery would be used by families for casual recreation, such as dog walking. He said the new facilities, including an outdoor chapel, would be open to any type of function, such as weddings and business breakfasts.

"We're trying to demystify cemeteries … so they're not just places that you come when people die," Mr Tribe said.

Read the full story here...