ONE of Ipswich’s largest cemeteries is set for a major upgrade as part of plans to encourage more people to mourn their loved ones locally.

The Warrill Park Lawn Cemetery will officially change hands in the coming months, with Canberra-based company Norwood Park now in contractual negotiations to take over management on behalf of Ipswich City Council.

Health and Regulation Committee chairman Andrew Antoniolli said Norwood Park was working with the council to develop a master plan and development plan for the facility, about 15km south of the CBD at Willowbank.

The council was already able to confirm that the company was planning to build a new crematorium and chapel.