The ACT Public Cemeteries Authority is seeking community feedback on a proposal to extend Woden Cemetery to help cater for the burial needs of south Canberra. Current sales indicate that Woden Cemetery will be fully subscribed by 2018; however the proposed extension will extend the life of the cemetery by 15 to 20 years. This will ensure continued access to essential services in the south of Canberra until the Southern Memorial Park in Tuggeranong can be developed.
According to a government plan, extra capacity could be created by adding the open space on land between the cemetery and the adjacent athletics park to the stock for burial plots.
It would see an extra three hectares for plots joined to the existing 11 hectare cemetery, first established in 1936 when Canberra's population was fewer than 10,000 people.