The Hills Shire Council has approved a $3.78 million upgrade at Castle Hill Cemetery during an Ordinary Meeting of Council on Tuesday, 10 December 2019.
Works will commence in the first half of 2020 as part of Stage One of the Cemetery Masterplan, which aims to provide enhanced amenity and more opportunities for interments.
The scope of works planned at the site include:
- Relocation of the existing columbarium walls;
- Construction of a contemporary memorial garden facility incorporating new columbarium walls and garden niches;
- Construction of front fencing to improve identification of the cemetery;
- Upgrade to the entry gate incorporating pedestrian entrances; and
- Modification of the existing central avenue to formalise the road way and provide footpath links to Gilbert Road.
Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said the cemetery is approaching capacity and the upgrade will extend the operation of the site past the current capacity.
“Sydney is growing at a considerable rate and so is the need for more interment space. This also impacts finding suitable sites that are acceptable to the community for new cemeteries and that’s why this Council is looking to increase the capacity of Castle Hill Cemetery,” Mayor Byrne said.
“We want to ensure our cemetery is functional, attractive and well-maintained. Cemeteries are an essential service in our community and we need to take steps to ensure that this cemetery is sustainable and usable for years to come.
“This upgrade will go a long way to extending current facilities, making the most of available resources and achieving the best outcome for residents,” Mayor Byrne added.
For more information on Castle Hill Cemetery upgrade, visit The Hills Shire Council website (www.thehills.nsw.gov.au).