The Cessnock Advertiser reports Kurri Kurri Lawn Cemetery is to be expanded, in a move Cessnock council says will "guarantee a future resting place for those in the community who want it".

 The new internment area will be 750 square metres and include 156 new burial plots.

Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent said council was mindful of any disruptions to the public and pointed out that all efforts would be taken to keep interference to a minimum.

"We would like to thank the community in advance for their patience as we undertake this upgrade what is an important community facility," Cr Pynsent said.

Preliminary works are already underway at the site, with major construction works scheduled to start in late April. 

Increasing demand for cemetery space is an issue that many metropolitan areas face. 

It has led to alternatives options like leased plots being considered, something Cessnock council has been quick to rule out. 

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