AltMedia.com reports Waverley Council faces a backlog of maintenance and management decisions at Waverley Cemetery, Bronte including over the possibility of a café, funeral parlour and pavilion.
Waverley Council has allocated $97 million over the next ten years and say they never received a petition concerning the preservation & sustainability of the cemetery. However, internal roads will be built and resurfaced in March, fences and retaining walls are set to be upgraded later this year.
135 years have passed since the first of 80,000 graves was dug at the cemetery and this year Waverley council is contemplating upgrades to the site.
Proposals for a café, pavilion and funeral parlour have been rejected because they required ‘excessive’ borrowing.
Mayor Sally Betts says the cemetery is not economically viable at this stage but maintenance decisions are “quite imminent in the next six months.”
“We are doing some work this year to fix up the backlog of infrastructure, to get more niches. We will this year I’m sure vote on a business case that will look after the cemetery into the future,” she said.
In response to a 2004 Conservation Plan, former council employee Dr Bronwyn Kelly propose a pavilion, cafe and library on the grounds to create much needed revenue and stabilise an eroding gully.
A petition circulated among locals last year in fear of structural instability of the headland and supposed financial collapse. Clr Betts and Labor Clr Ingrid Strewe deny the fears are valid.